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SIU Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic

The SIU Medicine Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic utilizes a multidisciplinary team of experts to diagnose and treat a wide range of congenital facial conditions. This ranges from cleft lip and palate to rare craniofacial abnormalities.

About Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft lips and cleft palates are one of the most common birth defects in the United States, afflicting one of every 600 newborns. Babies born with a cleft or other craniofacial condition often need specialized health care from infancy to young adulthood.

July is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month.

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hemifacial microsomia

About Craniofacial conditions

Patients who have a craniofacial condition have a complex difference in their face and/or head.  This can involve the facial skeleton, skull, and soft tissues.  These facial differences result from congenital conditions, some syndromes, and can be from abnormal patterns of growth after birth.  It also includes abnormalities brought on by birth defect, disease, or trauma.  These include premature fusion of the skull sutures, called craniosynostosis, which can result in abnormal head shape.  It also includes under development of facial skeleton, like with mandibulofacial dysostoses.  Asymmetric development of the skull and facial bones can cause hemifacial microsomia. 

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Treatment Overview

Patients born with a cleft condition recieve a range of treatments during childhood.  Many of these therapies are based on age and development of the child.

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SIU Team of Experts

SIU Cleft and Craniofacial clinic is composed of experts from multiple specialties who work together treating patients with diagnoses of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial conditions.  Our compassionate team takes a holistic and personal approach to offer you the most current treatments available.  We are here to help you and your child navigate the complex procedures and care needs.  Our team includes specialists from Audiology, DCSS, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Otolaryngology, Speech therapy, and Plastic Surgery.  We have genetics, neurosurgery, and psychology services available as well.  Providers may call 217-545-8000 with referrals or fax information about referrals to 217-545-6544.

SIU Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic team


Patients with orofacial cleft diagnoses are seen at both the Institute for Plastic Surgery and the Ear Nose & Throat Clinic, Hearing and Balance center.  Cleft team appointments take place at the ENT clinic. 

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