Brief Clinical StudiesReflecting on a Foreign Body of the Hard PalateHalka, Joshua MD*; Zhao, Xue MD†; Kasten, Steven J. MD, MHPE†Author Information *Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI †University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Joshua Halka, MD, Beaumont Hospital, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073; E-mail: joshua.Halka@beaumont.org Received 23 August, 2016 Accepted 21 October, 2016 The authors report no conflicts of interest. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: May 2017 - Volume 28 - Issue 3 - p e213-e214 doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000003398 Buy Metrics Abstract Foreign bodies of the hard palate in infants are rare and are often misdiagnosed as tumors. To our knowledge there are no reports of foreign bodies of the hard palate presenting to plastic surgeons as a cleft palate. This article describes a patient with a foreign body of the hard palate in a 9-month-old boy misdiagnosed as a cleft palate. While similar patients have been reported in the literature of other specialties, no patients have been reported in the plastic surgery literature to our knowledge. It is important for the plastic surgeon to be aware of foreign bodies of the hard palate and to keep these on one's differential in order to deter the use of unnecessary tests and to decrease the risk of any harm. © 2017 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.