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What is a simple definition of cleft lip and palate?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Cleft lip and palate is a failure of the upper lip and roof of mouth to fuse together during envelopment in the mother's womb.
When the child is born, the upper lip and palate will have a split that results in a hole between the mouth and the nose.

In brief: See below

Cleft lip and palate is a failure of the upper lip and roof of mouth to fuse together during envelopment in the mother's womb.
When the child is born, the upper lip and palate will have a split that results in a hole between the mouth and the nose.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Incomplete formation

Simple explanation of cleft lip or palate is incomplete fusion of the lip midline and its associated palate.

In brief: Incomplete formation

Simple explanation of cleft lip or palate is incomplete fusion of the lip midline and its associated palate.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Unclosed lip/palate

Cleft lip can occur with or without cleft palate, and visa versa.
It means there is a gap in the lip or palate that never closed in the developing fetus.

In brief: Unclosed lip/palate

Cleft lip can occur with or without cleft palate, and visa versa.
It means there is a gap in the lip or palate that never closed in the developing fetus.
Dr. James Sidman
Dr. James Sidman
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