Karsten K.H. Gundlach, Janusz Bardach, Daniel Filippow, Franka Stahl-de Castrillon, Jan-Hendrik Lenz
Abstract:It appears that it was possible to show once more that closing the palate in one stage at age 1 year or less is interfering most with maxillary growth. This study leads us to conclude that two-stage palatoplasty is still a valuable treatment protocol for patients with a complete unilateral cleft of lip, alveolus, and palate, especially as apparently good guidance of speech development can lead to satisfactory speech for cleft patients in whom the hard palate was closed at a later age.
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