The self-perception of adults with orofacial clefting
28 February 2024
Orofacial clefting (OFC) is one of the most common congenital anomalies worldwide and the most common of all facial birth defects. Being born with OFC can have a significant impact on both function and aesthetics and can affect individuals psychologically as well as physically. It has been found that people affected by OFC experience greater difficulties throughout their lives with patients reporting issues relating to social acceptance, work opportunities and relationships.
A long term follow up study of individuals up until the age of 55 with CLP in Denmark found an increased mortality rate with higher risk of suicide in both males and females. It has been identified that there is a need to further delve into this issue of the self-perception of adults affected by OFC.
It is hoped that once any issues have been revealed, that measures may be undertaken to ensure that OFC patients have the holistic treatment that their condition demand
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