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In Reply.—We agree with Dr Ginther that the term palatal groove could be misleading. Groove does not imply a palatal defect or cleft but rather a transient mechanical obstruction to normal ingrowth of the lateral palatine ridges.
MOLTENI RA, BUMSTEAD DH. Palatal Grooves in Orally Intubated Newborns-Reply. Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(11):1097. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140250023018