A congenital split in the upper lip on one or both sides of the center, often associated with a cleft palate.
- The most characteristic features associated with the bilateral cleft lip may include any or all of the following.
- Neonates with a cleft lip or palate may have other associated syndromes or congenital anomalies.
- Figure 1 provides a comparison of the anatomical features of a normal developed lip and nose with those of a cleft lip deformity.
Cleft lip is the standard, accepted term and should be used instead of harelip, which can cause offense.
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