Mendelian inheritance of isolated nonsyndromic cleft palate

B. R. Rollnick, C. I. Kaye

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Isolated, apparently nonsyndromic cleft palate (CP) is thought to be etiologically heterogeneous. The multifactorial threshold explanation for CP is postulated in most cases. Mendelian inheritance has been documented in 3 families. We report on three unrelated white families with 17 relatives in several generations affected with CP, including submucous CP and bifid/absent uvula. We could find no evidence of a cleft syndrome. In one family, the pattern is consistent with autosomal dominant inheritance. In 2 families, the pattern is consistent with X-linked recessive inheritance. The specific findings and their implications for family evaluation and genetic counseling are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-473
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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