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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-40

Bilateral transverse facial cleft as an isolated deformity: Case report

1 Oral-Dental Health Centre, State Specialist Hospital, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
2 Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

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V I Akinmoladun
Department of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, University College Hospital, Ibadan
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.55730

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Transverse facial clefts are rare deformities, these mostly occur as part of syndromes such as facial dysostosis and branchial arch syndrome. This is a report of a case of isolated, asyndromic bilateral facial cleft seen at a semi-urban specialist hospital. Congenital facial defects remain sources of mental and social stress to the families. Infanticide, perhaps a thing of the past in the developed world may still be practiced in cases of congenital deformities in the developing countries, hence the need for early involvement of social workers and clinical psychologist in management.

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