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More cleft lip cases in U.S. than other countries

In the U.S., there are more babies that are born with cleft lip or palate than in other developing countries. Cleft lip and palate are the most common birth defects in the U.S. behind heart disease.

A doctor at Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital has stated that cleft lip and palate defects are twice as common in the U.S. as they are in Africa. In the U.S., doctors are able to diagnose the issues in an ultrasound, which gives the parents time to discuss treatment options.

A recent study shows that babies who receive cleft surgery have a 27 percent fewer issues after. Cleft defects usually occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Recently, cleft defects have been linked to the use of the antiseizure medication, Depakote, during pregnancy. If you or a loved one’s child has developed a cleft issue from this, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Depakote cleft palate lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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