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Congenital lateral cleft palate with unilateral craniofacial microsomia and lateral ankyloglossia
  1. Soysal Baş1,
  2. Vildan Baş2,
  3. Fatih Irmak1 and
  4. Semra Hacıkerim Karşıdağ1
  1. 1 Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, University of Health Science, Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  2. 2 Dermatology, University of Health Science, Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Soysal Baş, soysalbas{at}


Craniofacial microsomia is a group of anomalies that occur due to developmental defects in the first and second branchial arches during the embryological period. The disease has various craniofacial and extracraniofacial presentation patterns. Lateral cleft palate is distinct from the most common palate clefts because it is located lateral to the uvula. The presence of a lateral cleft palate has been very rarely reported in the literature, and the aetiopathogenesis of the disease is still not well understood. We aimed to report a case of the coexistence of lateral cleft palate and craniofacial microsomia and discuss the aetiopathogenesis of these diseases.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • congenital disorders
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery

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  • Contributors Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work: SB, VB and FI. The acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work: SB and VB. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content: SHK. Final approval of the version to be published: SB and SHK. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved: SB and SHK.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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