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Palate examination: Identification of cleft palate in the newborn

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Last updated:1st Oct 2014

A cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth has not joined completely. Delay in detection of a cleft palate may adversely affect growth, development and timely medical and surgical management.

This guide provides recommendations to health care professionals for optimal examination of the palate during the routine newborn examination to ensure early detection of a cleft palate.

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