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Cleft Palate

more about Cleft Palate

  • A birth deformity of the upper lip in which a complete or partial cleft or separation is seen in the upper lip.  One-third of cases are thought to be inherited.

  • Obstructed breathing
  • May cause difficulty with swallowing
  • Quality of sounds affected

  • The complete cleft palate is obvious.
  • The incomplete cleft may require feeling the roof of the mouth for the absence of bone.
  • A split uvula (the "punching bag" object in the back of the throat) may suggest an incomplete cleft palate.

  • Airway management may be necessary in severe cases.
  • The baby may need to be fed with a feeding tube until corrective surgery can be done.
  • Speech therapy and dental care may be necessary for normal speech.

  • Food and saliva may be inhaled and cause a pneumonia.
  • An incomplete cleft palate may be missed until the child starts talking with a hypernasal speech.
  • Frequent ear infections in childhood are common.

  • Genetic counseling for those with a family history
  • Prenatal vitamins with folic acid may be preventive.

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