Zoloft® is an antidepressant that belongs to the SSRI class, which has been linked to an increased risk of serious birth defects when they are taken during pregnancy. These Zoloft® birth defects include congenital abdominal wall defects like gastroschisis.
If your baby is suffering from gastroschisis and you took Zoloft® or another SSRI during pregnancy, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To find out if a Zoloft® birth defect lawsuit is right for you, please contact us today.
What is Gastroschisis?
Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which a baby is born with its intestines outside of the body, protruding from a small slit that is usually just to the right of the belly button. Doctors can usually determine a gastroschisis pregnancy before the delivery through the use of blood tests and a detailed ultrasound. If it has not been diagnosed before birth, it is easily detected after birth.
Gastroschisis is an abdominal wall defect that has been associated with use of SSRIs during pregnancy. This abnormality looks similar to an omphalocele (another abdominal wall defect). An omphalocele is a defect in which the intestines and other organs protrude through the belly button are enclosed in a membrane.
Treatment and Complications
In order to prevent gastroschisis complications, which can include infection and damage to the bowels, surgery will be performed as soon as possible. If a diagnosis is made before birth, the mother will likely require special monitoring and a careful delivery will likely be planned.
Surgery consists of placing the bowels and stomach back into the abdominal cavity. If the abdominal defects have caused the cavity to be underdeveloped, the bowels may not fit. In that case they will be placed in a mesh bag which is attached above the opening. The intestines will fall back into the cavity eventually. Treatment might also involve the use of antibiotics and IV feeding tubes.
Treatment will be required quickly to ensure the best results. Complications can include difficulty breathing and death.
Contact a Zoloft® Birth Defect Lawyer
If your baby is born with gastroschisis or any type of congenital abnormality, it can be very scary and emotional. Our birth defect lawyers can help determine if a Zoloft® birth defect lawsuit is right for you. To find out if you are eligible for financial compensation, please contact us today. We provide free case reviews for affected newborns and parents.