Cleft lip treatment, palace under one roof: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Rohtak, May 7

In an effort to provide relief to patients suffering from congenital cleft lip and palate problem, Rohtak PGIMS will provide all treatment for the condition under one roof. Doctors from all departments, treating the congenital problem, will be available at Chaudhary Ranbir Singh OPD at room number 211 on the first and third Saturday of every month.

Departments whose doctors will be available include burns and plastic surgery, orthodontics, oral surgery and speech therapy. Head of the Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, Dr Kuldeep Singh, said: “The clinic was established following the suggestion of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Health Sciences, Dr Anita Saxena. About 15 to 20 patients visit the PGIMS each month for treatment of this condition. He added that patients with the disease need at least four to five surgeries until they reach their youth. The first surgery was done around three months of age, palate surgery around a year old, socket surgery between 8 and 10 years old and jaw surgery after 13 to 14 years old, he said. .

Dr Rekha Sharma, head of the department of orthodontics, said one in 800 children could have the condition. Manisha Kukreja, another expert, said that patients who had cleft lip and/or palate in the family or whose mother had an infection during the first three months of pregnancy or who smoked/consumed alcohol could have the disease.

Christine E. Phillips