Isolated Cleft Palate, But Not Cleft Lip, Linked to Increased Health Risks

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Erik Berg, MD

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Parents regularly express concern about long term health outcomes for children born with oral cleft.

In this study we used population-based long-term follow-up data from multiple national registries to focus on the future health outcomes of cleft cases without additional chronic medical conditions or congenital anomalies.
The study cohort consisted of all individuals born in Norway between 1967 and 1992. All patients treated for clefts in Norway during the study period were invited to participate. 2 337 cases with isolated clefts and 1 413 819 unaffected individuals were followed until 2010.

The main outcome variables were conditions diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood, need for social security benefits, and risk of death.

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