Cleft Lip & Palate

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Cleft lip with or without cleft palate is among the most common of birth defects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the United States:

  • About 1 in every 1,600 babies is born with cleft lip with cleft palate
  • About 1 in every 2,800 babies is born with cleft lip without cleft palate
  • About 1 in every 1,700 babies is born with cleft palate
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Data & Statistics

Craniofacial defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common of all birth defects. They can occur as an isolated condition, or may be one component of an inherited disease or syndrome. The lifetime cost of treating the children born each year with cleft lip or cleft palate is estimated to be $697 million.