A BRAVE 12-year-old who has undergone three operations on his face has become a youth ambassador for a charity that helps children with facial clefts
Transverse facial cleft
is the most common rare facial cleft
in our study.
Perceived and normative needs of facial cleft
patients seen in Nigeria.
Tessier 30 facial cleft
with duplication of tongue.
A two-day-old male newborn, weighing 3900 g, born by Caesarean section, Apgar score 6-9, Capurro assessment of 41 weeks and 6 days, presented with multiple craniofacial anomalies (hypertelorism, agenesis of eyelids, facial cleft
, cleft lip, and palate), bilateral frontal parietal encephalocele, failed cerebral hemisphere separation and placental adhesions to the dura mater, and pseudosyndactyly on the right hand.
For the last 30 years, he has been visiting Pakistan every year to conduct free operations for facial cleft
of poor patients at Ayub Teaching Hospital (ATH).
In the current study, a subset of 418 facial cleft
cases (lip only = 107, palate only = 144, lip and palate = 167) and 480 controls were selected based on DNA availability.
However a facial cleft
may also remain undiagnosed until birth, when the full extent of the anomaly becomes apparent at delivery (Beaumont, 2006).
Timing of diagnosis Prenatal detection of a facial cleft
is low [Martin and Rose, 2004; Suresh et al., 2006] especially in low risk pregnancies.
One in every 700 babies is born with with some type of facial cleft
and about half are diagnosed while still in the womb.