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Spec Care Dentist. 2000 Jul-Aug;20(4):143-6.

Cleft lip and/or palate in the west of Ireland, 1980-1996.

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  • 1Regional Orthodontic Department, Merlin Park Hospital, Galway, Ireland.


The aim of this study was to identify and investigate care for children born, over a 17-year period (1980-1996), with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) in the Western Health Board region of Ireland. One hundred and six cleft-affected children were identified. The incidence was 1.14 per thousand (1:871) live births. Epidemiological findings in relation to cleft type, gender, family history, and location followed international trends. The establishment of a national Register with mandatory reporting of children with CL/P in Ireland would ensure greater consistency in data collection and may help improve co-ordination of care.

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