MCQ – 88817


An investigator is studying the teratogenicity of cigarette smoking during pregnancy. He reviews several databases containing data about birth defects and prenatal drug exposures and finds that infants exposed to cigarette smoke in utero are approximately 2 times as likely to have a particular birth defect than unexposed infants. This defect results from abnormal development during the 6th week of gestation, when the maxillary prominences grow medially and fuse first with the lateral and then the medial nasal prominence. The defect is most likely which of the following?

A. Cleft lip


Cleft palate




Choanal atresia

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