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Gene linked to cleft lip and palate identified

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Children with oral clefts experience difficulties in chewing, swallowing, and speaking, and are prone to frequent ear infections that can lead to hearing loss. Depending on the severity of the cleft, dental problems may also occur. Surgical repair is an important part of treatment for oral clefts, but is not a complete solution for many children.

Isolated clefts are associated with an overall lifetime increase in the risk of premature death from all causes, according to a recent long-term followup study.


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Contact: Michele Kling
mkling@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4613
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
18-Aug-2004


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