Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumenspalten-Zentrum des Universitätsklinikums Erlangen (Cleft Center of Erlangen-Nurember University Hospital)

Principle contact details

Contact name:Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dr. Florian Stelzle
Address:Glueckstrasse 11,
D-91054 Erlangen
Web address:Visit website

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Other team members

Surgeon:Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h. c. Friedrich W. Neukam (maxillofacial surgeon), Mr. Prof. Dr. Dr. Emeka Nkenke (maxillofacial surgeon), PD Dr. Dr. Florian Stelzle (maxillofacial surgeon), Christos Iliopoulos (fellow maxillofacial surgery)
Orthodontist:Mrs Prof. Dr. med. dent. Ursula Hirschfelder
Clinical geneticist:Prof. Dr. med. André Reis
Otolaryngologist:Prof. Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Eysholdt
Other:Paediatrics: Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Rascher

Annual case load

Cleft palate:50 new cases on average
Pierre Robin:1-2 cases on average
Cleft lip (CL) Unilateral (UCL):12 on average
Bilateral (BCL):13 on average
Number of syndromic cases:1-2 on average

Primary surgical protocol

Timing of first repair and type of operation.

Complete UCLP:3rd - 6th monath: lip repair (possibly also ear tube placement if needed); 12 month: palatal repair
Complete BCLP:5th-6th year: minor rhinoplasty if needed (possibly also velopharyngoplasty if needed)
Isolated CP:8th - 10th year: maxillary osteoplasty if needed; adolescnece: corrective operations (orthognathics, scar correction, facial plastic surgery etc.)

Record collection protocol

Are records routinely collected at specific ages?Yes

State coverage of costs

Are the costs of the following treatments covered by the state (free to the patient)?

Surgery costs:All
Orthodontic costs:All
Speech and language therapy costs:All
Comments on the service provision:via health insurance

Clinical research

Clinical team members who are or would like to be involved in clinical research:

Member details:Stelzle F - discipline: OMFS - research activity (clinical)
Iliopoulos C - discipline: OMFS - research activity (clinical)

Current research activity and data collection

Type(s) of software used:Microsoft office suite
Documentation software for the nationawide cleft documentation by the German Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (GCPA)
Participation in inter-centre studies:Yes
Details of studies:Nationawide cleft documentation by the German Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (GCPA)
Participation in other collaborations (projects):Yes
Details of projects:Local interdisciplinary projects with orthodontics and phoniatrists concerning automatic speech assessment on children with clefts (granted by the German Research Foundation)
Published research papers:Yes
Details of publications:available in Pubmed (authors: Neukam FW, Nkenke E, Stelzle F)
Research grant funding received:Yes
Details of funding:DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
ELAN (Erlanger Leistungsbezogene Anschubfinanzierung und Nachwuchsförderung)

Potential clinical research activities

Clinical research activities interested in being involved in:

Randomised clinical trials:Yes
Inter-centre comparison of outcome:Yes
Prospective study:Yes
DNA collection:Yes

Potential laboratory based research activities

Laboratory based research activities interested in being involved in:

Laboratory genetics/genomics research:Yes
Animal models research:Yes

National cleft lip and palate / craniofacial scientific organisation


Useful websites or links

Useful websites or links:e.g.
WHO craniofacial anomalies

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- Wolfgang Rosenthal - Gesellschaft