Arch Plast Surg.  2016 Mar;43(2):153-159. 10.5999/aps.2016.43.2.153.

The Importance of Multidisciplinary Management during Prenatal Care for Cleft Lip and Palate

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. rhie@catholic.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
The prenatal ultrasound detection of cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P) and its continuous management in the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal periods using a multidisciplinary team approach can be beneficial for parents and their infants. In this report, we share our experiences with the prenatal detection of CL/P and the multidisciplinary management of this malformation in our institution's Congenital Disease Center.
METHODS
The multidisciplinary team of the Congenital Disease Center for mothers of children with CL/P is composed of obstetricians, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, pediatricians, and psychiatrists. A total of 11 fetuses were diagnosed with CL/P from March 2009 to December 2013, and their mothers were referred to the Congenital Disease Center of our hospital. When CL/P is suspected in the prenatal ultrasound screening examination, the pregnant woman is referred to our center for further evaluation.
RESULTS
The abortion rate was 28% (3/11). The concordance rate of the sonographic and final diagnoses was 100%. Ten women (91%) reported that they were satisfied with the multidisciplinary management in our center.
CONCLUSIONS
Although a child with a birth defect is unlikely to be received well, the women whose fetuses were diagnosed with CL/P on prenatal ultrasound screening and who underwent multidisciplinary team management were more likely to decide to continue their pregnancy.

Keyword

Cleft lip; Cleft palate; Craniofacial abnormalities; Ultrasonography; Interdisciplinary communication

MeSH Terms

Abortion, Induced
Child
Cleft Lip*
Cleft Palate
Congenital Abnormalities
Craniofacial Abnormalities
Diagnosis
Female
Fetus
Humans
Infant
Interdisciplinary Communication
Mass Screening
Mothers
Palate*
Parents
Plastics
Pregnancy
Pregnant Women
Prenatal Care*
Psychiatry
Ultrasonography
Plastics
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