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Maxillary dental arch and occlusion in patients with unilateral cleft lip and palate treated with different delays in closure of the hard palate after early velar repair.

Journal article
Authors Hans Friede
Anette Lohmander
Catharina Hagberg
Anna Elander
Jan Lilja
Published in Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery / Nordisk plastikkirurgisk forening [and] Nordisk klubb for handkirurgi
Volume 40
Issue 5
Pages 261-6
ISSN 0284-4311
Publication year 2006
Published at Institute of Odontology
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Institute of Clinical Sciences
Pages 261-6
Language en
Keywords Child, Child, Preschool, Cleft Lip, surgery, Cleft Palate, surgery, Dental Arch, growth & development, Dental Models, Dental Occlusion, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Palate, Hard, surgery, Time Factors
Subject categories Plastic surgery, Orthodontics, Logopedics and phoniatrics


We wanted to find out if growth of the maxilla in 26 patients with unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP) was adversely affected by having the residual cleft of the hard palate repaired earlier than had been done previously in a 2-stage palatal closure protocol. The ages at repair of the hard palate of the present patients ranged from 38 to 89 months. Dental casts from ages about 3 years (before any repair of the hard palate), 5, 7, and 10 years of age were analysed. The results indicated that earlier repair of the cleft in the hard palate did not influence maxillary growth differently from the later repair.

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