Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic
One out of 800 babies is born with an incomplete fusion of either the lips or roof of the mouth. An incomplete fusion of the lip is called cleft lip, and an incomplete fusion of the roof of the mouth is called a cleft palate. If left untreated, a cleft lip or cleft palate can interfere with normal growth and function of the mid-face and mouth. However, both can be repaired successfully.
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital provides interdisciplinary assessment and pre- and postoperative management for infants, children and adolescents with cleft lip or palate or other congenital craniofacial anomalies. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of specialists.
Some children are born with complex abnormalities that affect the appearance and growth of the face and skull. These congenital problems may also involve the brain, heart, lungs, liver or gastrointestinal tract, and they may affect the appearance and function of the hands and feet. Through interdisciplinary assessment, a team of experts provides pre- and postoperative management of infants, children, adolescents and adults with cranial and orbital deformities.