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Lexapro Birth Defects
Lexapro birth defects lawsuits and class actions have been filed in state and federal courts to seek compensation for infants born with severe defects attributed to their mother’s use of the popular anti-depressant during pregnancy. Use of Lexapro during fetal development has been linked to a number of catastrophic, even fatal, birth defects.
Neural Tube Defects and Lexapro Birth Defects
The neural tube is the basis for the development of the nervous system. If the tube fails to develop properly, a child will suffer from a variety of disabilities, including lack of muscle coordination and intellectual disabilities. The most common neural tube defect associated with Lexapro birth defects is anencephaly, which is the failure of large parts of the brain and skull to develop. Most infants with this condition are stillborn, and those born alive typically die within several hours of their birth. Since the frontal portion of the brain does not develop, the child remains in a state of unconsciousness.
Lexapro Birth Defects: Craniosynostosis
In most infants, the skull has open sutures that allow for expansion of the developing brain. In craniosynostosis, some or all of the sutures fuse prematurely resulting in a misshapen head with no room for the brain to grow. These Lexapro birth defects can be treated with surgery, but if too much pressure on the brain develops, the child may suffer life-threatening complications. Women who took Lexapro during pregnancy and had a child with craniosynostosis can file a Lexapro birth defects lawsuit for recovery of the child’s medical expenses.
Lexapro Birth Defects of the Heart
Heart defects are the most common type of Lexapro birth defects, they most often involve atrial and/or ventricular septal defects, Shone’s complex, and hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Symptoms of Shone’s complex may not be immediately apparent, but septal heart defects and hypoplastic left heart syndrome may be diagnosed even before the infant is born. These defects usually require surgery to repair or reconstruct parts of the heart and they are considered life threatening. Lexapro birth defects lawsuits seek compensation for medical bills for infant’s requiring surgery.
Lexapro Birth Defects: Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension Newborn
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this birth defect is six times more likely to occur in infants of mothers who took Lexapro or other SSRI anti-depressants during pregnancy. It is a life threatening condition where the blood pressure in the lungs is too high, and it may require surgery to correct a defective blood vessel. There are a number of pending Lexapro birth defects lawsuits which are related to PPHN and it may be possible to recover medical expenses related to this birth defect by filing a legal action.
Other Lexapro Birth Defects
Other Lexapro birth defects include cleft palate or cleft lip, anal atresia (absence or misplacement of the anal opening), club foot, other limb abnormalities, and Omphalocele (abdominal organs outside the abdominal wall). While these birth defects are not usually life threatening, they can require surgery or other medical treatment that is expensive. Lexapro birth defects lawsuits seek to get compensation for medical expenses that are directly related to birth defects caused by the use of Lexapro during pregnancy.
If you took Lexapro during your pregnancy and your child was born with a serious birth defect, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills and other expenses related to your child’s birth defect. For a free compensation evaluation of your case, feel free to fill out the free case review form that you will find on our Accutane Lawsuit website.
If you complete the short form, legal professionals with experience in Lexapro birth defects will review your case and assist you in seeking compensation for your child’s injuries.
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