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Cleft lip

Cleft lip

When a child's lip does not join together properly during embryotic development, surgical repair corrects the defect and improves the child's appearance. Surgical repair also helps prevent future problems with breathing, speaking and eating. Cleft lip and/or cleft palate occur in approximately one out of every 700 births, and plastic surgeons at Shriners Hospital are here to provide expert care.

Cleft lip conditions treated include:

Cleft lip repair

The medical team

Pirko Maguina, M.D., Plastic Surgeon
Hugh Vu, M.D., MPH, Plastic Surgeon
Victoria F. Owens, RN, MSN, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner


Scientific researchers in the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM) at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California are investigating the genetic causes of cleft lip, cleft palate and brain malformations. Investigations have uncovered a genetic link to cleft lip and cleft palate in mice, which may lead to improved genetic testing of families at risk of having children with these disorders.