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Are there any adverse effects from having cleft lip or palate other than an aesthetic one?

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Dr. Cynthia Lu
General Practice
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In brief: Language & ear

Infants with cleft lip or palate may have difficulty learning how to speak.
Cleft palate impacts a child’s vocal development because the alveolar ridge is fissured and oral muscles are displaced. Due to the fissure and the resulting impact on the nasal cavity, children with cleft palate are especially prone to ear infections.

In brief: Language & ear

Infants with cleft lip or palate may have difficulty learning how to speak.
Cleft palate impacts a child’s vocal development because the alveolar ridge is fissured and oral muscles are displaced. Due to the fissure and the resulting impact on the nasal cavity, children with cleft palate are especially prone to ear infections.
Dr. Cynthia Lu
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Dr. Kenneth Stein
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

There can be problems with speech.
There can be aspiration of foods and fluids. There can be significant nasal deformities. There can be significant developmental deformities of the facial structure.

In brief: Yes

There can be problems with speech.
There can be aspiration of foods and fluids. There can be significant nasal deformities. There can be significant developmental deformities of the facial structure.
Dr. Kenneth Stein
Dr. Kenneth Stein
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