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What are complications of cleft lip and palate?

Complications of cleft lip and palate include: 1) Feeding difficulty - babies with a cleft lip are often able to nurse, but babies with a cleft palate are not because the open roof of the mouth causes a loss of suction. 2) Dental problems - teeth may not develop properly. 3) Ear infections can occur due to the dysfunction of the tube connecting the throat and middle ear. Recurrent infections can result in hearing loss. 4) The opening in the roof of the mouth can affect muscle function, causing delayed or abnormal speech, which may require speech therapy.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 12 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pectus excavatum

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