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Cleft lip and palate

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Introduction
A cleft is a gap or split in either the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate), or both
Symptoms of cleft lip and palate
There are two types of cleft lip, unilateral and bilateral
Causes of cleft lip and palate
A cleft lip or palate happens when the structures that form the upper lip or palate fail to fuse together properly when a baby is developing in the womb
Diagnosing cleft lip and palate
Ultrasound examinations often detect clefts in unborn babies during routine antenatal appointments.
Treating cleft lip and palate
In this section, the general term 'cleft' is used to refer to a cleft lip, cleft palate, or a cleft lip and palate.
Problems related to a cleft lip and palate
Giving birth to a baby with a cleft can have a profound impact both on the parents and the child