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Cleft Lips and Cleft Palates and the Prevalence of Cardiac Defects
Two birth defects that affect the face are cleft lips and palates. In conjunction with these defects, some patients are also born with congenital heart defects. One such common affliction is atrial septal defect. The combination of these birth defects makes it important that the patient receives comprehensive medical assessments and care.
Cleft Lip Defect
A cleft lip is the deformity of the upper lip, often diagnosed during a routine prenatal ultrasound or immediately after birth. The cleft can extend up into the nose, causing disfigurement and breathing complications.
• During pregnancy the upper lip is supposed to fuse into one solid tissue by about the seventh week.
• When a cleft occurs, this solid tissue is separated by either one or two notches.
• Most clefts occur on the left side of the lip.
• Sometime bilateral clefts occur, leaving a notch on each side of the upper lip.
• The cleft can extend beyond the lip into the jaw bone and teeth.
• Children born with cleft lips usually also have cleft palates.
• Children born with cleft lips or palates have higher risks for other defects such as atrial septal defect, Downs, or other birth defects.
• Cleft lips interfere with eating, sometimes breathing, and healthy speech development. They also pose emotional and social challenges.
• Surgery is the most common way to repair a cleft lip.
Cleft palates (the palate is the roof of the mouth) result in changes to the structure of the palate, either restricted to the hard or soft palate or affecting both.
• During pregnancy the palate of the mouth develops in segments, eventually fusing together by about the tenth week of gestation.
• Cleft palates result when this fusion is incomplete.
• A cleft palate can extend into the nasal cavity and deform the jaw and structure of the teeth and gums.
• Cleft palates make eating, breathing, and learning to speak very challenging for a child.
• Children born with cleft palates have higher risks for other defects such as atrial septal defect, Downs, or other birth defects.
• Surgery is the most common way to repair a cleft palate.
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
Atrial septal defect is a deformity of the cardiac tissue. It presents from mild to severe, and over time can cause serious health concerns.
• The septum is the wall that separates the chambers, and in cases of ASD, this wall has a deformity, most often a hole.
• The size of the hole impacts the symptoms.
• Some children born with ASD have no symptoms, while other experience difficulty breathing, easy fatigue, challenges feeding, and heart murmurs.
• Over time the stress to the heart and lungs causes permanent damage.
• The only treatment option for ASD is surgical intervention, through either a cardiac catheter or open-heart surgery.
• Children are more likely to have ASD if they have other birth defects such as cleft palate.
The prevalence of cardiac deformities in children with cleft lips and palates warrants careful assessment. While not every child born with a facial cleft will have a heart defect, and the opposite, the numbers are enough to require careful testing when one or the other is diagnosed.