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How common is cleft lip?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

The cleft lip occurs in approximately 1 in 700 babies born in the world. It is the fourth leading birth defect in the United States. Twice as many boys are affected than girls. However, twice as many girls have cleft palates than boys.

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