Congenital lip pits (van der Woude syndrome) occur at the vermilion border on either side of the center of the lower lip and have been associated with cleft lip and palate. Inheritance is AD. The pit may communicate with a minor salivary gland. Thus, saliva may be discharged either spontaneously or with pressure.


Reconstructive surgery may be performed. Genetic counseling should be done.


Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Vol. 28, No. 2, April-June, 2010, pp. 104-109

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