Prenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis of cleft lip with or without cleft palate; pitfalls and considerations

Dong Wook Kim, Seung Won Chung, Hwi Dong Jung, Young Soo Jung

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Abstract

Ultrasonographic examination is widely used for screening of abnormal findings on prenatal screening. Cleft lip with or without cleft palate of the fetus can also be screened by using ultrasonography. Presence of abnormal findings of the fetal lip or palate can be detected by the imaging professionals. However, such findings may not be familiar to oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can use ultrasonographic imaging of fetal cleft lip with or without cleft palate to provide information regarding treatment protocols and outcomes to the parent. Therefore, surgeons should also be able to identify the abnormal details from the images, in order to setup proper treatment planning after the birth of the fetus. We report two cases of cleft lip with or without cleft palate that the official readings of prenatal ultrasonography were inconsistent with the actual facial structure identified after birth. Also, critical and practical points in fetal ultrasonographic diagnosis are to be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
JournalMaxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant of the Korea Healthcare technology R&D Project, Ministry for Health, Welfare & Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (HI12C0297 (A120349)).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Kim et al.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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