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Zoloft® and Omphalocele

The antidepressant Zoloft® and similar SSRI drugs have been found to increase the risk of serious abdominal defects like omphalocele. If you have a child that was born with a congenital abnormality and you were prescribed Zoloft® during your pregnancy, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your infant's suffering. Contact us to find out if a Zoloft® birth defect lawsuit is right for you.

What is Omphalocele?

Early in development, the intestines project from the abdomen into the umbilical cord. Normally the intestines return into the abdomen by the eleventh week of pregnancy. If this fails to happen, the infant's intestines, and possibly the liver and stomach will protrude through the belly button, covered by a clear membrane. This type of abdominal malformation is called omphalocele.

Omphalocele Causes & Treatment

Omphalocele can usually be detected in utero with an ultrasound, and special precautions can be taken during the delivery to protect the organs. Omphalocele treatment consists of surgery. In some cases, the surgery may be delayed if the baby is experiencing other congenital malformations. During surgery, the infant's organs will be put back into the abdominal cavity.

In giant omphalocele cases, a cesarean will usually be required to avoid damaging the membrane and liver. After birth, the exposed organs will likely be covered with a protective wrap. Over time, the organs will gradually sink back into the abdominal cavity via gravity. Once the organs return, surgery will be performed to close the omphalocele.

Complications of Omphalocele

Before an omphalocele repair is performed, the infant is at risk of infection and damage to the tissues that are exposed outside the body. The most frequent complication associated with abdominal wall defects involves the underdevelopment of the abdominal cavity in which there isn't enough room for the intestines. When this happens, a protective covering can be placed over the exposed intestines.

Babies with omphalocele are at a greater risk of developing other malformations, including:

  • Neural tube defects
  • Intestinal malrotation
  • Problems with the urinary system

Find Out About a Zoloft® Birth Defect Lawsuit

Dealing with any type of congenital defect is scary and emotional for all family members. If your baby is born with omphalocele or another type of birth defect and you took Zoloft®, Paxil®, Lexapro®, Celexa®, or any other type of SSRI antidepressant during your pregnancy, there is a good chance you will qualify to seek compensation for your infant's injuries.

Call our offices today and schedule a free and private consultation with an experienced Zoloft® birth defect lawyer. We will let you know if a Zoloft® birth defect lawsuit is right for you.