Despite this, many of us remain in the dark about what a 'cleft
' actually is, and the potential health complications that could develop if a child doesn't have access to the right treatment.
of lip and palate (CLP) originates from failure in the fusion of oronasal processes within the first five to six weeks of gestation.1,2 Clefts
are classified as complete or incomplete, bilateral or unilateral and syndromic or non-syndromic.2,3 Among the aetiological factors identified, excessive use of alcohol, smoking, low folic acid levels,4,5 diabetes, genetics and consanguineous marriages contribute to this malformation.6 Use of drugs like phenytoin, sodium valproate, benzodiazipines and corticosteroids during pregnancy7 may also add to the chances.
The ICLAPA, a body of volunteer doctors and social workers, is engaged in a humanitarian task, hoped that philanthropists would come forward to help in the early construction of the hospital, which would cater the medical needs of patients suffering from cleft
lip and palate.
A full-term newborn aged 42 days and weighing 3370 g with a superior sternal cleft
was transferred to our clinic.
According to their website, Operation Smile is "an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft
palate or other dental, and facial conditions.
According to him, SmileTrain has been a donor organisation that supporting cleft
lip surgery in Nigeria.
Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is a supporter of Smile Train India foundation, has said it is unfortunate that people connect cleft
palate condition with superstition.
Performed as part of reconstructive surgery when the infant is a few months old, the stem cell procedure provides good results in growing new bone to close the upper jaw cleft
, and may avoid the need for later bone graft surgery, according to the case report by Alejandro Garcia Botero of Hospital De San Jose.
To study the incidence of cleft
lip with cleft
Smile Train is a leading cleft
charity that offers surgery and comprehensive cleft
care for free in over 85 countries.
As many as 24 children, who were born with cleft
palates and cleft
lips, will finally receive the smile of their lifetime in the Capital.
ISLAMABAD:A team of Chinese doctors has joined their Pakistani colleagues to operate 48 cleft
lip and palate patients during five-day medical camp concluded here on Monday.