Classic and occult submucous cleft palates: a histopathologic analysis.

  title={Classic and occult submucous cleft palates: a histopathologic analysis.},
  author={Samuel Stal and Martin J. Hicks},
  journal={The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association},
  volume={35 4},
OBJECTIVE Although classic and occult submucous clefts have been well described with respect to clinical features and endoscopic findings, there is a paucity of information regarding the histologic characteristics of the midline palatal area and its role in the clefting process. This preliminary study describes the histopathologic features of classic and occult submucosal clefts. DESIGN Twenty-eight patients with classic submucous cleft (12 patients) and occult submucous cleft (16 patients… CONTINUE READING