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Cleft Lip and Palate

Research and Clinical Trials for Cleft Lip and Palate

Through research, doctors hope to pinpoint the causes of cleft lip and palate with the goal of preventing them. Various studies investigate surgical procedures, medications, related conditions and other aspects of clefts.
Clinical trials involving cleft lip and palate include:
  • Assessing the ability of children to speak clearly following surgery
  • Evaluating long-term results of surgery
  • Development of surgical procedures that offer a more effective outcome
  • Use of supplements to prevent cleft lip and palate
  • Genetic investigations
  • Speech development following surgery
  • Analyzing the psychological effects of a cleft on parents and how it impacts the child
  • Risk factors for nerve damage in standard surgical procedures
  • The relationship of sleep apnea and cleft lip and palate
  • 3-dimensional, real-time imaging to aid surgical procedures
  • Behavioral and sleep patterns in affected children