Cleft Lip

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts”. The lip forms between the fourth and seventh ...1

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Symptoms of Cleft Lip

What does a cleft lip and palate look like? Babies can be born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both. A cleft lip may just affect one side of the lip or there may be two clefts. It ...2

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Complications of Cleft Lip

Other Problems: Children with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate or a cleft palate alone often have problems with feeding and speaking clearly and can have ear infections. They also might have hearing problems and problems with ...3

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Causes of Cleft Lip

A cleft lip happens if the tissue that makes up the lip does not join completely before birth. This results in an opening in the upper lip. The opening in the lip can be a small slit or it can ...4

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Causes List for Cleft Lip

Some possible causes of Cleft Lip or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Cleft Lip

Some of the types of this condition may include:6 Types of Cleft lip:

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Diagnosis of Cleft Lip

Diagnosis: Orofacial clefts, especially cleft lip with or without cleft palate, can be diagnosed during pregnancy by a routine ultrasound. They can also be diagnosed after the baby is born, especially cleft palate. However, sometimes certain types of cleft palate ...7

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Genetics of Cleft Lip

Will a cleft lip and palate happen again? Most cleft lips and palates are a one-off and it's unlikely you'll have another child with the condition. The risk of having a child with a cleft lip or palate ...8

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Risk Factors for Cleft Lip

Recently, CDC reported on important findings from research studies about some factors that increase the chance of having a baby with an orofacial cleft:

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Treatments: Cleft Lip

Management and Treatment: Services and treatment for children with orofacial clefts can vary depending on the severity of the cleft; the child’s age and needs; and the presence of associated syndromes or other birth defects, or both. Surgery to ...9

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Prevention of Cleft Lip

CDC continues to study birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate, and how to prevent them. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk with your doctor about ways to increase your chances of having a ...10

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Research for Cleft Lip

Like the many families of children with birth defects, CDC wants to find out what causes them. Understanding the factors that are more common among babies with a birth defect will help us learn more about the causes. CDC funds ...11

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  1. Source: CDC NCBDDD: ncbddd/ birthdefects/ cleftlip.html
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Cleft-lip-and-palate/ 
  3. Source: CDC NCBDDD: ncbddd/ birthdefects/ cleftlip.html
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  7. Source: CDC NCBDDD: ncbddd/ birthdefects/ cleftlip.html
  8. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Cleft-lip-and-palate/ 
  9. Source: CDC NCBDDD: ncbddd/ birthdefects/ cleftlip.html
  10. ibid.
  11. ibid.

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