Submucous Cleft Palateenparents a submucous cleft palate, the muscles of the palate don't form properly, but the tissue that lines the roof of the mouth does. This makes these clefts harder to see.submucous cleft palate, SMCP, mucous membrane, palate, cleft, speec therapy, cleft lip, cleft palate, complete cleft palate, incomplete cleft palate, types of cleft palate, cleft types, oral clefting, cleft lip and palate, birth defects, fetal ultrasound, feeding, obturator, oral surgery, speech therapy, dental care, orthodontia, reconstructive surgery, anterior palates, posterior palates, cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, unilateral, bilateral, otitis media, ear infections, myringotomy tubes, ear tubes, alveolar ridge defect, orthopalatal expansion, nasal air emissions , hypernasal, velopharyngeal, bifid uvula, nasopharyngoscopy, videofluoroscopy, osteotomy, orthognathic surgery, sona pellucida, CD1Perinatology, CD1Cleft Lip & Palate03/20/201901/10/202001/10/2020Ani Danelz, CCC-SLP03/18/20198b509965-ab8f-4641-8c59-e69f41ecc65d<h3>What Is a Submucous Cleft Palate?</h3> <p>A submucous cleft palate (SMCP) happens when the roof of the mouth, or palate, doesn't form properly when a baby is developing in the womb. This cleft is an opening underneath the mucous membrane, the tissue that covers the palate.</p> <p>A typical <a href="">cleft palate</a> is noticed when a baby is born. Because the cleft in submucous cleft palate (PAL-it) is under the tissue, it's harder to see. Sometimes it isn't noticed and causes no problems. In other cases, it is discovered later and treated.</p> <h3>What Causes Submucous Cleft Palate?</h3> <p>Doctors don't always know why the muscles don't form as they should in the unborn baby's palate.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of a Submucous Cleft Palate?</h3> <p>Usually, newborns have an oral exam soon after they're born. But a submucous cleft palate might not be found during this exam. Some are not diagnosed until a baby has feeding problems or a child is old enough to speak.</p> <p>Doctors and parents might notice these symptoms in a child with a submucous cleft palate:</p> <ul> <li>trouble feeding as an infant (taking a long time to feed, liquid coming through the nose, etc.)</li> <li>chronic <a href="">ear infections</a> and effusions (fluid buildup behind the eardrum)</li> <li>speech sound errors</li> <li>speech problems that make the child hard to understand</li> <li>hypernasality ("nasally sounding" speech)</li> <li>nasal air emissions (hearing air leak out the nose during speech)</li> </ul> <p>Hypernasality and nasal air emissions are signs of velopharyngeal (vee-low-fair-en-JEE-ul) dysfunction. This happens because the soft palate, the flexible part of the palate back near the throat, does not close tightly during speech, which lets air and sound escape through the nose.</p> <p>An oral exam of a child with a submucous cleft palate may show:</p> <ul> <li>a split in the uvula (called a bifid uvula). The uvula (YOO-vyuh-luh) is the small, bell-shaped bit of flesh hanging at the back of the throat, in the middle of the soft palate.</li> <li>a bluish tint to the tissue along the soft palate (called zona pellucida)</li> <li>a notch in the back of the hard palate</li> </ul> <h3>How Is Submucous Cleft Palate Diagnosed?</h3> <p>When a submucous cleft palate is found, the doctor will refer the child to a cleft and craniofacial team for a full evaluation. This team includes:</p> <ul> <li>a speech-language pathologist (or speech therapist), who will listen for hypernasality and other signs of submucous cleft palate</li> <li>a surgeon, who will do a full oral exam</li> <li>other care providers who have specialized training in cleft palate</li> </ul> <p>So that the team gets a better picture of the mouth and palate, a child might have these tests:</p> <ul> <li>a <a href="">nasopharyngoscopy</a> (nay-so-fair-en-GOS-kuh-pee): The doctor inserts a flexible tube called a scope through the nose to see the back of the throat and how the palate moves during speech.</li> <li>a videofluoroscopy (vid-ee-oh-flore-AH-skuh-pee): The doctor uses X-rays to see how the palate moves during speech from a side view.</li> </ul> <p>The results from these exams will help the team create a treatment plan.</p> <h3>How Is Submucous Cleft Palate Treated?</h3> <p>The problems caused by a submucous cleft palate vary from child to child. Some can have speech problems and many ear infections, while others have no symptoms or speech problems.</p> <p>Children with submucous cleft palate fall into one of these four categories:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>No surgical repair needed, no speech therapy needed.</li> <li>Surgical repair needed, no speech therapy needed.</li> <li>No surgical repair needed, speech therapy needed.</li> <li>Surgical repair needed, speech therapy needed.</li> </ol> <p>A submucous cleft palate that doesn't affect a child's speech usually is watched carefully by the care team to make sure it doesn't cause problems as the child grows.</p> <p>Kids who have more serious symptoms (like hypernasality or nasal air emissions) usually will have their palate corrected with surgery.</p> <p>Children with "cleft palate speech" usually benefit from <a href="">speech-language therapy</a> to help correct their speech sound errors. Also, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist can treat related ear problems &mdash; for instance, doing <a href="">ear tube surgery</a> to drain fluid from the middle ear, prevent future ear infections, and help hearing.</p> <h3>What Else Should I Know?</h3> <p>Doctors are cautious about doing an <a href="">adenoidectomy</a> on kids who have a submucous cleft palate. That's because this procedure to remove the adenoids creates more space between the soft palate and the back of the throat. That can put kids with an submucous cleft palate at risk for velopharyngeal dysfunction.</p>Paladar hendido submucosoUn paladar hendido submucoso ocurre cuando el paladar no se forma correctamente cuando el bebé se está desarrollando dentro del vientre materno. El paladar presenta una abertura debajo de la membrana mucosa que lo cubre.
Cleft PalateA cleft palate is when a baby is born with a cleft (gap) in the roof of the mouth. Most kids can have surgery to repair them early in life.
Cleft Palate With Cleft LipA cleft palate with a cleft lip is when a baby's lip and palate (roof of mouth) don't form properly during pregnancy. Most kids with cleft lip and palate are treated successfully with no lasting problems.
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