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How frequently do cleft lips and cleft palates occur?

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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends on a lot.

Cleft lip and palate can be as high as 50% (one in two children) for people with certain genetic make up, or much lower. Caucasians have about a 1 in 1000 risk of cleft lip and or palate, Africans about 1 in 1200, some Asians as high as 1 in 300.

In brief: It depends on a lot.

Cleft lip and palate can be as high as 50% (one in two children) for people with certain genetic make up, or much lower. Caucasians have about a 1 in 1000 risk of cleft lip and or palate, Africans about 1 in 1200, some Asians as high as 1 in 300.
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Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

For reasons we don't understand, incidence is dependent on race.
The incidence is around 1:500 for asians, 1:1000 for caucasians, slightly higher (1:1300) for hispanics, and 1:2000 for african-americans.

In brief: Depends

For reasons we don't understand, incidence is dependent on race.
The incidence is around 1:500 for asians, 1:1000 for caucasians, slightly higher (1:1300) for hispanics, and 1:2000 for african-americans.
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: It depends

On your ethnic background.
They occur more frequently i'm people of asian or native american descent as compared to caucasians and africans.

In brief: It depends

On your ethnic background.
They occur more frequently i'm people of asian or native american descent as compared to caucasians and africans.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Frequently

Cleft lip and/or cleft palate is the most common birth defect, about 1/600 live births.
Some are isolated and some are associated with syndromes, so genetic testing is warranted. A cleft palate team may consist of an ENT doctor, speech/language pathologist, feeding specialist, geneticist, developmental pediatrician, plastic surgeon, dentist and medical social worker.

In brief: Frequently

Cleft lip and/or cleft palate is the most common birth defect, about 1/600 live births.
Some are isolated and some are associated with syndromes, so genetic testing is warranted. A cleft palate team may consist of an ENT doctor, speech/language pathologist, feeding specialist, geneticist, developmental pediatrician, plastic surgeon, dentist and medical social worker.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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