SUMMARY. Background: The repair of the lateral or transverse facial cleft is a surgical challenge on the account of the abnormal positioning and appearance of the cleft. Materials and methods: Over a twenty-seven year period, 22 lateral facial cleft cases were evaluated at a cleft lip (CL) and palate clinic and seven children underwent reconstruction of the lateral CL. Results: Twenty-two of 3187 (0.69%) cases presented with a lateral CL. Five of these 22 cases (23%) had a bilateral, eight (36%) had a right-s…
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