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July 2006

Cleft Lip–Palate Deformities in Western ChinaEpidemiology, Surgical Reconstruction, and Cost

Author Affiliations
 

Author Affiliations: Cleft and Craniofacial Panel, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Davis Medical Center, University of California, Sacramento (Drs Tollefson and Sykes); Smile China Project and Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Credit Valley Hospital–Peel Regional Cancer Center, Mississauga, Ontario (Dr Wong); and Larrabee Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Seattle, Wash (Dr Larrabee).

Correspondence: Travis T. Tollefson, MD, Cleft and Craniofacial Panel, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–@Head and Neck Surgery, Davis Medical Center, University of California, Sacramento, 2521 Stockton Blvd, Suite 7200, Sacramento, CA 95817 (travis.tollefson@yahoo.com).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2006;8(4):234-239. doi:10.1001/archfaci.8.4.234
Abstract

A series of 46 procedures (42 patients) was performed on youth with cleft lip–palate deformities in Lanzhou, China. Patients' ages ranged from 6 months to 18 years. There were no short-term complications in this series, which included many advanced cases. The estimated cost per patient was US $1590. Youth with unrepaired cleft lip–palate in western China can be treated in a cost-effective manner.

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