Cleft palate

The roof of the mouth (palate) is formed between the sixth and ninth weeks of pregnancy. A cleft palate happens if the tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy. For some ...1

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Symptoms of Cleft palate

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 palate

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 palate

A cleft palate happens if the tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy. ...Source: CDC NCBDDD4 ...

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Causes List for Cleft palate

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

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Types of Cleft palate

For some babies, both the front and back parts of the palate are open. For other babies, only part of the palate is open. ...Source: CDC NCBDDD6 ...

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Diagnosis of Cleft palate

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 palate

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 palate

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 palate

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 palate

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 palate

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: CDC NCBDDD: ncbddd/ birthdefects/ cleftlip.html
  7. ibid.
  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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