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The cleft and craniofacial center at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota offers a full range of services for babies, children and teens with mild to severe cleft and craniofacial issues. Our patients also include young adults up to age 21 who need long-term care for cleft or craniofacial defects they've had since birth.

We do everything from dental imaging to genetic counseling. But one thing is always the same: our commitment to excellence.

Some children are born with syndromes that include cleft and/or craniofacial issues. Other children may have conditions that affect their learning, behavior, hearing, endocrine system, immune system and speech or language.

We treat a full array of cleft and craniofacial conditions, including:

  • Beckwith-Weidemann syndrome, a congenital birth disorder that causes large body size and other issues
  • Cleft lip, an opening in the upper lip
  • Cleft palate, an opening between the mouth and nose
  • Craniosynostosis, a premature fusion of the bones of an infant's skull
  • Facial asymmetry, features on a child's face that are out of balance
  • Oculoauriculovertebral (OAV) syndrome, a condition that affects the head, neck and spine
  • Pierre robin sequence, a condition that compromises the lower jaw
  • Plagiocephaly, an abnormal head shape
  • Submucous cleft palate, a type of cleft palate
  • Torticollis, a neck deformity
  • Treacher Collins syndrome, a condition that affects facial bones and tissues
  • Velocardiofacial (VCF) syndrome, a condition that may include cleft palate, heart defects and distinct facial features

Joining forces for your kid

At Children's, we have a multidisciplinary team that includes experts in pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery, dentistry, prosthodontics (replacing missing teeth or mouth or jaw parts), speech-language pathology, audiology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat or ENT), facial plastic surgery, and child psychology.

To provide each child with the expert care that their condition warrants, the cleft and craniofacial program provides multidisciplinary services including:

  • Cleft clinic
  • Clinical feeding evaluations
  • Comprehensive craniofacial clinic
  • Plagiocephaly clinic
  • Velocardiofacial (VCF) clinic
  • Prenatal/pre-adoption consultations

See ENT for additional information and clinic locations.

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