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What does it mean to have a cleft palate?

A cleft palate is an opening or split in the roof of the mouth that occurs when the tissue doesn't fuse together during development in the womb. A cleft palate often includes a split (cleft) in the upper lip (cleft lip) but can occur without affecting the lip.

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Also, what is the main cause of cleft palate?

There are many causes of cleft lip and palate. Problems with genes passed down from 1 or both parents, drugs, viruses, or other toxins can all cause these birth defects. Cleft lip and palate may occur along with other syndromes or birth defects.

Subsequently, question is, is a cleft palate considered a disability? FACT: A cleft is not a 'disability'. It may affect a child in ways that mean they need extra help, but most children with a cleft are not affected by any other condition and are capable of doing just as well at school as any other child.

Then, what causes a cleft palate during pregnancy?

The causes of orofacial clefts among most infants are unknown. Cleft lip and cleft palate are thought to be caused by a combination of genes and other factors, such as things the mother comes in contact with in her environment, or what the mother eats or drinks, or certain medications she uses during pregnancy.

How do they fix a cleft palate?

In palate repair surgery, a plastic surgeon will:

  1. Close the cleft in layers.
  2. Rearrange and repair the muscles of the soft palate so they work better during speech.
  3. Make two incisions (cuts) on each side of the palate behind the gums to ease tension on the palate repair.

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