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Anal Atresia (Imperforate Anus)

Zoloft® and other popular antidepressants have been linked to an increase in the risk of a birth abnormality known as anal atresia when taken during pregnancy. Also known as imperforate anus, anal atresia is one of several birth defects that have been linked to SSRI medications.

If you were prescribed Zoloft® during your pregnancy and your baby is born with anal atresia or another congenital defect, you should speak to our birth defect lawyers. You may be eligible for compensation.

What is Anal Atresia?

Anal atresia, which can also be called anorectal atresia, is a birth defect in which the opening to the anus is missing or blocked. There are many different types of anal atresia, which can include a rectum that ends in a blind pouch unconnected to the colon.

In other cases the colon may connect to the bladder, or the genitals of the baby. Anorectal atresia is somewhat similar to another birth abnormality called esophageal atresia, in which the esophagus ends in a blind pouch without connecting the mouth to the stomach.

Complications and Treatment for Anal Atresia

In cases of anorectal atresia where the anus is present, but not connected to the colon, there will be other symptoms to indicate the defect. These can include:

  • Swollen abdomen
  • Failure to pass stool in the first few days after the birth
  • Stool exiting the body through the genitals

Treatment for anal atresia is reconstructive surgery on the anus, which will also repair any connections between the colon and other organs. Even after a successful surgery you should contact a Zoloft® birth defect attorney to learn about your rights.

While many children will go on to live a normal life after surgery, others might experience a lifetime of struggling with intestinal blockage, constipation and incontinence.

Who Qualifies for a Birth Defect Lawsuit?

Anyone who took Zoloft® or a similar antidepressant during pregnancy and gave birth to a baby with anal atresia or another congenital malformation may have a legal claim. Our birth defect lawyers can evaluate your specific circumstances during a free consultation to determine if a lawsuit is right for you. To schedule a free review of your case, please contact us today.