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Incidence of COVID-19 in adults with cleft lip and palate enrolled at HRAC-USP

Grant number: 22/00886-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2022
Effective date (End): March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health - Epidemiology
Principal Investigator:Ivy Kiemle Trindade Suedam
Grantee:Luiza Ruiz Simão
Host Institution: Hospital de Reabilitação de Anomalias Craniofaciais (HRAC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Bauru , SP, Brazil


Considering the coexistence of patients with cleft lip and palate (CLP) and COVID-19, as well as the hypothesis of the power of modulation between congenital malformation and the consequent existence of morphofunctional changes in the upper airways, widely demonstrated in the literature, and the new pathology, the present project aims to assess the incidence of COVID-19 in adult patients with CLP regularly enrolled at the Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies of the University of São Paulo (HRAC-USP), who developed COVID-19, during the years 2020 and 2021 and characterize this population socio-demographically. Materials and methods: the study will be carried out at HRAC-USP with a population of patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The researchers will apply a structured questionnaire by telephone or online for data measurement. The data will be compared to the data of the general Brazilian population, informed by the WHO website. Expected results: it is hypothesized that adult patients with cleft lip and palate are more likely to develop COVID-19 due to the pre-existing condition, which can be considered a clinical predictor of severity.(AU)

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