The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and association of speech disorders among operated cleft lip and palate children (CLP) in Northeast Malaysia. A comparative cross sectional study was performed on 98 operated CLP and 109 non-cleft subjects that aged between 3- 12-years-old. Data collection was done clinically and also by recording speech samples of each subject from both groups using a portable cassette recorder. Results showed that the prevalence of speech abnormality was 61.2% (95% CI: 51.41-71.04) and the risk of having speech abnormality was 174.5 times (95% CI: 23.04, 1320.67; P value < 0.001) in CLP children compared to non-cleft children. Therefore it was found that children with appropriately repaired CLP in Northeast Malaysia failed to have normal speech.
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