Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate: Tests and Diagnosis

How is a cleft lip or cleft palate diagnosed?  

Today, approximately 30% of cleft lips are diagnosed prenatally by ultrasound. For families with a prenatal diagnosis, prenatal counseling is available. At counseling, you will discuss what to expect during the newborn period, feeding challenges, psychosocial issues, possible surgeries, speech and hearing assistance and dental work.

Sometimes, due to positioning, a baby’s face is difficult to see on an ultrasound. In these cases, a doctor diagnoses a cleft after birth with a physical exam in the nursery.

For more information, or to make a prenatal counseling appointment, call the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at 720-777-2572. Prenatal counseling is also available through the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health.