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Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, and Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital deformities of the face and mouth tend to have connections to congenital heart defects, such as atrial septal defects. Children diagnosed with cleft lip or cleft palate defects face increased likelihood that they will also face other health challenges. While there is no exact formula for which children will be affected with multiple health challenges and which children will face only cleft lip or palate deformities, doctors who diagnose the latter need to do thorough testing for the former.
What is a cleft lip/cleft palate?
The term cleft basically means notch or separation. An infant diagnosed with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both, has a division in the structures of these. During fetal development in the first weeks of gestation the lips and palate (roof of the mouth) first grow in separate portions, then fuse together to complete the structures of the lips and palate. However, for those with a cleft deformity, this fusion never takes place.
A cleft lip is easily visualized, even during a routine prenatal exam. An obstetrician who finds a cleft lip usually then looks for a cleft palate as well, either through further prenatal testing or at birth. Children with cleft lips are more likely to also have cleft palates. Both cleft lips and cleft palates interfere with some of the most basic functions and skills, which is why early intervention is so crucial.
• They both interfere with feeding, and in severe cases, can require medical intervention for adequate nutrition.
• They both have the potential to interfere with breathing, especially cleft palates.
• They both have the capacity to pose threats to future dental health, especially when the cleft extends up into the gum-line. Orthodontics are usually involved as the child gets older.
• Hearing loss is a threat as the clefts can interfere with the ability of the inner ear tubes to drain fluid as they are supposed to do.
• Treatment for both of these defects almost always involves surgery. For cases of significant deformities of the palate it is common to require multiple surgeries, involving plastic surgeons as well.
Physicians note an almost tenfold likelihood of a child with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate being born with some type of congenital heart defect. One of the more common congenital cardiac defects is atrial septal defect, or ASD.
Mild cases of atrial septal defect might not even cause symptoms, or only cause a fairly benign heart murmur to exist. Children with severe cardiac defects might experience fatigue, higher rates of pulmonary infection, high blood pressure, and organ damage.