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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 20-24

A new classification approach: Center of integral care of cleft lip palate “SUMA” center (México)

Cleft Lip Palate Center “SUMA”, México City, Mexico

Correspondence Address:
Jose Maya Behar
Av. Nuevo León 159, Hipódromo 06100, Ciudad de México, CDMX
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_92_17

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The cleft lip palate (CLP) is characterized by multiple phenotypic presentations in relation to the degree of severity and complexity that may involve its embryology. These characteristics largely determine the approach and therapeutic plan. There have been many descriptive, diagrammatic, and coding systems throughout history that have tried to define and unify the malformation. However, there are only a few that have stood the test of time. The objective of the present study is to propose a new classification of CLP (“SUMA”) by an observational study implemented in 410 patients. We use the criteria proposed by Hakins (1961) for an “Ideal” classification to evaluate our system. The 406 patients (99%) fulfilled the criteria in their totality being able to be classified adequately. Proving that the “SUMA” system corresponds to a unique, descriptive, reproducible, clear, and specific tool that promises to unify the classification in the CLP.

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