Apert syndrome is a congenital disorder characterized by craniosynostosis, maxillary hypoplasia, mental retardation, mid-facial malformations, and syndactyly. The developmental disorder is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, though most cases are sporadic. Approximately 75 percent of Apert's patients suffering from dental anomalies suffer from cleft palate or bifid uvula. Cleft palates are common congenital disorders of the upper mouth, and occur when the palatal plates fails to join together during the second month of fetal development. This research paper focuses on the roles played by the craniofacial team in the management of secondary palates in children with Apert's syndrome.
The consequences of Apert's disorders can be severe, long lasting, and sometimes incomprehensible even to the sufferers. But this study has aptly shown that the suffering can be averted, especially if proper corrective strategies are taken as early as possible. However, these strategies must fundamentally revolve around a multidisciplinary approach to sufferers of Apert's syndrome. This study looks into the roles played by the craniofacial team in the management of Apert-related complications such as Cleft lips and palates. The team is made up of the geneticist, speech language pathologist, audiologist, plastic surgeon, dentist, and orthodontist