About This Special Issue
World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised and included cleft deformities in their Global Burden of Disease initiative. It is estimated that the overall global prevalence of cleft deformities is one affected individual in every 600 new born babies. A child is born with a cleft in the world approximately every two minutes. The specialty of cleft and craniofacial anomalies is growing by leaps and bounds. At present, no universal agreement exists on the appropriate treatment strategy. Cleft deformities remain a significant and interesting challenge for the medical fraternity.
The management of a patient with cleft is complex. Because of the diverse and complex needs of patients, and the required services of many varied specialists, interdisciplinary cooperation is required and patients should be managed in a centre with a multidisciplinary team. The management requires a large team of specialists working in tandem to a bring out physical, psychological and social rehabilitation.
At present the publications pertaining to this speciality are spread over many specialty journals. This makes it difficult for the interested readers from a variety of disciplines involved in the care of patients with cleft anomalies. This special issue will cover reports and clinical studies related to health, ethical and social issues in field of Cleft deformities, Secondary problems associated with these anomalies, Epidemiology, psychosocial aspects, surgery, management, investigations, and rehabilitation.
The issue will focus on current research on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in all areas pertaining to cleft deformities; the multidisciplinary team approach surgical, orthodontic, prosthodontic, and speech-language treatments and reconstructive procedures for the compromised patient. This issue strives to enhance communication and cooperation among professionals from all specialties. This will also bring the cleft team together to publish their researches under one umbrella for the better access to the cleft care giver community. This issue will be balanced and informative to the needs of its readership, as well as being in tune with contemporary issues.