Hairline indicators of craniofacial clefts

Mark H. Moore*, David J. David, Rodney D. Cooter

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The review of a complete series of Tessier craniofacial cleft patients presenting to the South Australian Craniofacial Unit has identified within the hairline a regular marker of clefting. Tongue-like projections of the temporal and frontal hairline pointing in the direction of their respective clefts have been identified for Tessier clefts numbered 7 to 14. No hairline indicator was revealed in “southbound” clefts numbered 0 to 6 without “northbound” extension. The hairline markers of laterally and superiorly bound clefts are a complementary element of the Tessier classification system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-593
Number of pages5
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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Moore, M. H., David, D. J., & Cooter, R. D. (1988). Hairline indicators of craniofacial clefts. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 82(4), 589-593.