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What is the Difference Between a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate?
During prenatal development facial structures first develop independently before fusing together. If this fusion is not adequate, the result can be a cleft or separation in the lip or palate. Depending upon the location of the structure separation, the birth defect is known as either a cleft lip or cleft palate, and babies can be born afflicted with both of these conditions.
During fetal development the lips typically form between the 4th and 7th weeks of gestation. A cleft lip is a birth defect resulting from the malformation of the lip during this process. As the name suggests, a cleft lip affects the lip, specifically the upper lip. When a cleft birth defect occurs in this location it can have a range of severity. Some babies are born with a minimal split in the physical lip, while others may be born with complete separations of both sides of the upper lip, all the way up to, and sometimes into, the nose. A split on one side of the lip is known as a unilateral cleft, and a split on each side of the upper lip is known as a bilateral cleft.
While a cleft lip is more obviously visible on the exterior lip tissue, the split can actually include tissue and bones in the upper jaw and gum. As in the severity range for the lip tissue, the upper jaw and gums can have anywhere from small separations to total divisions.
During pregnancy the palate forms early in gestation and is usually complete by the 10th week. The palate is the roof of the mouth, and can be further divided into the soft and hard palate. The soft palate is the area toward the throat and the hard palate is the front area of the roof of the mouth. A cleft palate refers to the separation in the roof of the mouth anywhere from the soft palate to the hard palate. As with a cleft lip, the deformity can range from mild to severe, extending to an almost complete division of the palate.
Some babies born with cleft palates also have mandible deformities as a result of the cleft palate extending into further structures of the face.
Diagnosing Cleft Lips and Palates
Babies can be born with both cleft lips and palates, and the severity of each birth defect can range significantly. The location and extent of the clefts influences the ability to diagnose the defects during pregnancy. Cleft lips and sometimes cleft palates can be diagnosed through routine prenatal ultrasounds. Some cleft abnormalities, such as less severe cleft palates, are not diagnosed until after birth or even for a time afterwards.
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