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Measuring the Impact of Quality of Life of Children Treated for Orofacial Clefts: A Case-Control Study

  • Tannure PN1,*,
  • Soares FMM1
  • Küchler EC1
  • Motta LG1
  • Costa MC1
  • Granjeiro JM1

1Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.37.4.f185423j04m66753 Vol.37,Issue 4,July 2013 pp.381-384

Published: 01 July 2013

*Corresponding Author(s): Tannure PN E-mail:


The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life (QoL) of children previously treated for cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) and compare with non-cleft children. Method: A case-control study with 70 children between 5 and 12 years old was carried out. The case group consisted of 35 individuals previously treated for non-syndromic CL/P and presently receiving assessment at a rehabilitation hospital in Brazil. The children had received primary surgical treatment for CL/P reconstruction during early childhood. The control group consisted of 35 healthy children selected to ensure close similarity to the cleft group in age, gender and socioeconomic status. QoL was measured using the AUQEI questionnaire. Results: Cleft lip and palate had no significant influence on the QoL in children (p=0.44). A higher percentage of the cleft lip and palate group of children reported a lower QoL than the cleft lip or cleft palate groups. Gender had no significant difference on the quality of life in CL/P children (p=0.2) and in control group (p=1.0). Conclusion: The QoL in children with CL/P was found to be similar to the non-cleft group. Our results confirm that clefts repaired during earlier childhood associated with a health care program, including psychological support, is beneficial for CL/P children


cleft lip; cleft lip and or palate; cleft palate; child; quality of life

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Tannure PN,Soares FMM,Küchler EC,Motta LG,Costa MC,Granjeiro JM. Measuring the Impact of Quality of Life of Children Treated for Orofacial Clefts: A Case-Control Study. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2013. 37(4);381-384.


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