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This site is specifically for parents of kids with clefts being treated at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I hope that there will be information that is helpful to all parents of kids with clefts. If you are just starting to learn about clefts, I would suggest starting with the "General Information" topic and going from there. To find information on a specific doctor or topic, click on one of the links on the right. You can also search the blog using the box below the topic list. If you have information or experiences to share, please leave comments or contact me to do a guest post at Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 26, 2009

What is a Cleft?

There is a fairly thorough explanation about the nature of cleft lips and palates on Wikipedia. Anna also gives a great explanation on her blog, "Cleft Notes," here. Essentially, a cleft is an opening that is left in the lip and/or the palate (roof of the mouth) when they fail to fuse normally during gestation. It occurs in about 1 in 500 to 750 births, but that number is closer to 1 in 450 in Utah. It is the most common birth defect. The exact cause is unknown, though the condition can be hereditary. It is generally said that some combination of genetics and environmental factors likely cause clefts.

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