Tip 129: cleft lip and palate 2

The UK incidence of cleft lip and palate is 1 in 700 live births.

Cleft lip is twice as common on the left-side than the right, but no-one knows why.

Cleft lip (+/- palate) is twice as common in boys.

Cleft palate (without lip) is twice as common in girls.

The most common abnormality is an isolated cleft palate (50%).

References: Rennie & Roberton’s Textbook of Neonatology, 5th Ed, 2005. London: Churchill.

CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association)

First published 23/06/14

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