Well you have now learnt about the cleft lip and now let us discuss and understand what is cleft palate. Cleft palate (CP) is midline fissure of the palate that results from a failure of fusion of the tissues forming the palate. This may involve soft palate alone or can extend along the hard palate and, in most severe cases it may include anterior portion of the maxilla (see Fig. ). The child will have feeding problem and speech difficulty. Child may get recurrent respiratory infections and ear infection.
Fig. Cleft palate
Incidence cleft palate alone occurs 1 in 2000 live brings.
It is found to be more common in females than in males.