Summary of Cleft lip and palate
Cleft lip and cleft palate is a group of conditions that includes cleft lip, cleft palate, and both together. A cleft lip contains an opening in the upper lip that may extend into the nose. It is due to the failure of fusion of the maxillary and medial nasal processes. The opening may be on one side, both sides, or in the middle. These disorders can result in feeding problems, speech problems, hearing problems, and frequent ear infections.