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Illustration depicting the mouth of a baby with bilateral cleft lip, a congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. Approximately 1 in 700 children are born with either a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. All conditions can be successfully treated with surgery, especially if conducted soon after birth or in early childhood.
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