Cleft lip and cleft palate is a group of conditions that includes cleft lip (CL), cleft palate (CP), and both together (CLP). A cleft lip contains an opening in the upper lip that may extend into the nose. A cleft palate is when the palate opens into the nose. These disorders can result in feeding problems, speech problems, hearing problems, and frequent ear infections. These conditions are mostly seen as a part of some syndrome. A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery. This is often done in the first few months of life for cleft lip and before eighteen months for cleft palate. Speech therapy and dental care may also be needed. With appropriate treatment, outcomes are good.
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