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Cleft means 'split' or 'separation', and in Cleft Palate and Lip, the palate and lip are split respectively. This occurs as a congenital abnormality because during development in the womb, the face develops in sections which fuse together. In every 1 in 700 pregnancies, this fusion does not not occur properly, causes Cleft Palate or Lip.
A cleft lip is a condition that creates an opening in the upper lip between the mouth and nose. It looks as though there is a split in the lip. It can range from a slight notch in the colored portion of the lip to complete separation in one or both sides of the lip extending up and into the nose. Cleft lip can be unilateral or bilateral. A cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth has not joined completely. A cleft palate can range from just an opening at the back of the soft palate to a nearly complete separation of the roof of the mouth (affecting the soft and hard palate).
Surgery can help repair some on the structure.
Source; Adapted from CLAPA (UK)
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