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Michael Davis
04-18-2008, 12:44 AM
Are cleft palates hereditary or is it just a random deformity?


04-18-2008, 01:06 AM
Apparently the majority of cases are not genetically based, according to the Hospital for Sick Childrens Cleft Lip and Palate specialists. I googled cleft palate and that one was the one I found easiest to understand. Google Toronto Hospital for Sick Children and get more detail.( sorry forgot to get you a link :[ )

04-18-2008, 01:17 AM

Is very helpful with pix--the condition is due to an incomplete growth of bone and tissue that can extend in severity to the back of the throat and up into the nasal cavity.

04-18-2008, 01:49 AM
There are specific genetic mutations associated with cleft palate. Also, exposure to alcohol and some medications in utero has been associated with cleft palate. There are also racial predilections--I think it's most common in Native Americans and Pacific Islanders, least common in African Americans.

Michael Davis
04-18-2008, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the responses. Appreciate it.