Cleft palate

Specialty of Paediatric maxillofacial surgery

Cleft palate, also known as cleft palate is a congenital deformity of the mouth caused by an abnormality in the first months of fetal development. It is an incomplete development of the palate, that can be opened to such a large degree that it extends even to the nasal cavity. This open space between mouth and nose can affect both sides of the palate and, in more serious cases, spread to the throat. Therefore, depending on the case, cleft palate can cause difficulties for the patient if you do not operate in the first months of life and throat infections, delayed language and speech, functional difficulty eating and breathing. Generally, the surgical correction of cleft palate is usually performed before 18 months of age to prevent further complications and restore both physical appearance of the patient and the development of his mouth and palate.

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