Jan 03, · Hamlet, C., Harcourt, D. Older adults’ experiences of living with cleft lip and palate: a qualitative study exploring aging and appearance. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. ; e32 – e Google Scholar | SAGE Journals | ISICited by: Evaluation by a Cleft Palate Team can provide the adult with a cleft with information regarding clefting and its management. A Cleft Palate Team consists of a group of specialists with particular expertise in cleft lip and palate.
Adults born with a cleft lip and/or palate may require ongoing treatment despite having undergone surgery as children, teenagers and young adults. The healthcare of adults born with a cleft can sometimes be neglected because they are no longer monitored within the U.K. cleft service (Cleft treatment pathway) after the age of Clefts can be isolated (cleft lip only or cleft palate only), or they can occur in combination. They can be unilateral or bilateral, and they can be complete or incomplete. Figure 1 contains images of the most common types of cleft affecting the palate, along .
Around half of all children with a cleft palate will need some form of speech and language therapy, but some adults with a cleft will have had very little or no speech therapy, or issues with their palate repair may mean their speech is still unclear. The Adult Cleft Lip/Palate Program at Nationwide Children’s is an ideal place for those who may have felt frustrated by the lack of services available to adult patients and professionals who understand their condition.