Oblique Facial Cleft (Differential Diagnosis Cleft Lip Palate)

Figure liki_12_n.jpg: One of the differential diagnoses of cleft lip palate are the less frequent facial clefts. Example of an infant boy with a right oblique facial cleft which runs next to his nose to the right lower eyelid. Eyes, soft tissue of the face, upper jaw, and nose are often involved in facial clefts. On the left there is a slight type of a regular partial cleft lip combined with a facial cleft on the right. Figure liki_13_n.jpg: The diagnosis of an oblique facial cleft is less obvious in this infant, but significant for therapy and prognosis. Except for the abnormal position of the lid edge a severe form of a regular total cleft lip (palate) could also be present clinically.