Posted by: Michelle | 2004/09/30

chances of cleft palate

my fiancee and i are both divorced, he has two daughters and i have one son. his first daughter was born with a cleft palate, second daughter perfectly healthy. His mom had a cleft palate (but no hair lip). so therfore his mom had it, then it skipped a generation (my finacee and his siblings)and then his daughter had it. we would like to have a child of our own, what are the chances of having a child with a cleft palate. we are still in the same generation when it's "supposed" to happen ie it skips a generation, that is why his generation did not have any cleft palates. hope this makes sense.

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Dear Michelle

Cleft palate in the absence of any additional abnormalities has an empirical 5%-10% recurrence risk for the offspring of any affected person. A generation can certainly be skipped, but not in any constant fashion. In your fiance's situation, the recurrence risk for any of his offspring would be about 5%. i.e. 1 in 20.

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Posted by: Carefull | 2004/10/09

Hi. I hav a double cleft pellet. I was wondering about the options regarding tests etc. or artificial insemenation or w.h.y. to try to reduce the risk of passing it on to my children?

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