This, when extending through the bones, and forming a wide aperture into the nose, cannot be cured. The parts, however, come nearer together during their growth; and at puberty the defect may be palliated by means of a metallic or ivory plate. But when the soft palate alone is fissured, and the fissure not very wide, it may be remedied by an operation, which, however, must necessarily be deferred till puberty, or its success would be defeated by the patient's struggles.