Although the child with an oral cleft is 20 times more likely to have another congenital anomaly than a normal child, no correlation is evident with specific anatomic zones of additional anomaly in volvernent Of those children who have associated anomalies, 38% have isolated cleft palate and 21% have cleft lip, with or without cleft palate. In the overall cleft-afflicted population, approximately 30% have other anomalies in addition to the facial cleft, ranging’ from clubfoot to neurologic disturbances. Of the overall cleft-afflicted population, 10% have congenital heart disease, and 10% have some degree of mental retardation. Thus the child with a facial cleft may require addition.
al care beyond the scope of the cleft team.