Aim: To examine the postoperative complications in
patients undergoing primary repair of cleft lip.
Study design: Retrospective/Observational
Place and duration of study: ENT Department & Paediatric Surgery Department, Civil Hospital
Quetta and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital Quetta from 1st March 2019
to 31st March 2020.
Methods: Thirty two children of both genders with ages 9 months to 5 years
undergoing primary repair of cleft lip were enrolled. Patient’s detailed
demographics were recorded after taking written consent from parents/guardian.
Postoperative complications were recorded.
were 20 (62.5%) were males while 12 (37.5%) were females. 18 (56.25%) patients
were ages <2 years and 14 (43.75%) were ages above 2 years. 22 (68.75%)
patients had unilateral and 10 (31.25%) had bilateral cleft lip. Postoperative
complications found in 8 (25%) patients, among these wound infection found in 2
(6.25%) patients, 2 (6.25%) had bleeding, 1 (3.13%) patient had wound
dehiscence, fistula developed in 1 (3.13%), 1 (3.13%) patients had respiratory
tract infection, 1 (3.13%) patient had hypertrophic scar.
Conclusion: The frequency of early postoperative complication was 32.25% while 75%
patients had no complication after primary repair of cleft lip.
Keywords: Cleft lip, Primary repair, Children,