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Factors Related to Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Nasal Appearance in Patients Treated for Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
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2013 (English)In: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, ISSN 1055-6656, E-ISSN 1545-1569, Vol. 50, no 4, 432-439 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective:

To identify factors related to Quality of Life (QoL) and satisfaction with nasal appearance among patients treated for unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP).

Design:

Cross sectional population study with long-term follow-up.

Patients/Settings:

All patients with UCLP born between 1960-1987, treated at Uppsala University Hospital, were invited (n=109), 86 (79%) participated. Mean follow-up time was 35 years.

Main outcome measures:

QoL was measured with Short Form-36 (SF-36) and analyzed using mental and physical cluster scores (MCS and PCS). Nasal appearance was self-assessed with "Satisfaction with Appearance" questionnaire and by panel judgment. Multivariate regression analyses explored endogenous factors (age, gender, infancy cleft width, nasal function, nasolabial appearance) and exogenous factors (marital status, number of children, education level, operation method, number of rhinoplasties performed).

Results:

A larger cleft width in infancy was associated with less satisfaction with nasal appearance as adults. A lower mental health QoL was associated with less satisfaction with nasal appearance. Despite female gender being linked to less satisfaction with nasal appearance, it was associated with higher mental health QoL. Higher resistance during nasal breathing was associated to lower physical health QoL.

Conclusions:

Gender and infant cleft width may affect QoL and satisfaction with nasal appearance among adults. They are potential predictive factors for satisfaction with nasal appearance and QoL during adulthood. The correlation of nasal function impairment and decreased physical health QoL underlines the importance of treatment of nasal symptoms in these patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 50, no 4, 432-439 p.
National Category
Surgery
Research subject
Plastic Surgery
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122573DOI: 10.1597/11-035ISI: 000327535400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122573DiVA: diva2:310602
Available from: 2010-04-14 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate: Quality of Life and Nasal Form and Function among Adults
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP) is a craniofacial malformation with functional and aesthetical impact on the face and the upper airways. The aims of the current thesis were to evaluate Quality of life (QoL) in adults treated for UCLP  (I), to objectively evaluate nasal form and function and to search for possible differences in residual nasal deformity and impairment of function between patients operated according to one-stage and two-stage palate closure (II) as well as to evaluate the relationship between professional and lay rating and patient satisfaction with nasolabial appearance (III) and to identify factors associated with lower levels of QoL and less satisfaction with nasal appearance among adults treated for UCLP (IV).

Analyses of data from a homogenous population of UCLP patients treated at Uppsala University Hospital form the basis of this thesis. The mean follow-up time after primary surgery was 35 years (20-47 years) and participation rate was 79% (n=86). An age and gender matched control group of 68 people without clefts were evaluated according to the same protocol. The evaluation protocol included the Short Form 36 questionnaire (SF-36), rhinomanometry, acoustic rhinometry, odor test, peak nasal inspiratory flow test and photographies of faces. For the SF-36 data, age- and gender-matched norm data of 1385 people from the Swedish population were used.

Unilateral cleft lip and palate affected QoL differently depending on gender and age of the patient. Younger patients were affected more negatively than older patients in several subscales. However, except for lower values in the Mental Health subscale, QoL was similar among UCLP patients and norm data. Objectively measured nasal function was extensively affected among adults treated for UCLP. No difference in impairment of nasal function was found between one-stage and two-stage palate closure protocols on the cleft side. Judgment of nasolabial appearance differed between professionals, lay people and patients. Large infant cleft width was associated with less satisfaction with nasal appearance and male gender was associated with lower levels of mental QoL. Correlation between high nasal breathing resistance and low levels of physical QoL was found. In conclusion, this thesis provides a platform for future research for optimal evaluation of cleft treatment outcome.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2010. 73 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 558
Keyword
unilateral cleft lip and palate, quality of life, SF-36, nasal function, nasal breathing, nasolabial appearance, cleft width, long-term results
National Category
Surgery
Research subject
Plastic Surgery
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122574 (URN)978-91-554-7799-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-06-11, Skoogsalen, Uppsala University Hospital, entrance 79, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-04-29 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2010-05-18

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