Esophageal Atresia Linked To Mother’s Medication. Esophageal Atresia is just one of many birth defects sometimes linked to a mother’s use of certain medications just before or during pregnancy. Some of these drugs include the fertility medication Clomid, as well as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. If your child suffers from Esophageal Atresia that may be the result of a medication, you may be entitled to compensation.
If your baby has been diagnosed with an ‘Esophageal Atresia’ birth defect, your entire family has likely been traumatized and your baby may suffer from lifelong difficulties. If Esophageal Atresia was a result of a medication such as Clomid or an SSRI antidepressant like Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, or Lexapro, we can help you ensure the pharmaceutical firm responsible is held accountable. The ‘Esophageal Atresia’ lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, LLP offer free lawsuit consultations to the victims of Clomid and SSRI antidepressants. To learn how they can help your family, we urge you to contact us today by completing our online form or calling us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
Esophageal Atresia Birth Defects
Esophageal Atresia is a digestive system disorder in which the esophagus—the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach—never develops properly. Esophageal Atresia is a congenital or birth defect, meaning that it occurs when the baby is developing in the womb. Esophageal Atresia can take a number of forms. Generally the upper esophagus ends and does not connect with the lower esophagus and stomach. A tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) occurs when the top end of the lower esophagus connects to the windpipe. Some babies born with TEF will also have other problems, such as heart or other digestive tract disorders. Other forms of Esophageal Atresia involve an esophageal narrowing and might also be linked with other birth defects.
Esophageal Atresia occurs in about 1 out of 4,000 births. Often Esophogeal Atresia and TEF occur together, and often, other digestive tract problems are present. Symptoms include:
- Cyanosis—a bluish coloration to the skin—when attempting to feed your baby
- Coughing, gagging, and choking with attempted feeding
- Frothy bubbles in the mouth
- Poor feeding
- Repeated vomited following feedings
- Breathing difficulties
- Unusually round, full abdomen (TEF) or unusually flat abdomen (isolated Esophageal Atresia)
The disorder is usually detected shortly after the baby is born when the baby coughs, chokes, and turns blue when feeding is attempted. This condition can cause the baby to breathe saliva and other secretions into the lungs, which can cause aspiration pneumonia, choking, and even death. ‘Esophageal Atresia’ is a surgical emergency and is done immediately to ensure lungs are not damaged because the baby can breathe secretions into the lungs. With Esophageal Atresia, the baby cannot be fed by mouth. Feeding problems; reflux, after surgery; and a narrowing of the esophagus, due to surgical scarring can occur. The surgical treatment typically used—gastric pull-ups and colonic interpositions—will allow the baby to swallow, but could also call for long-term or lifelong care and follow-up surgeries.
Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and other SSRI antidepressants have been associated with increased risks for birth defects when taken during pregnancy. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health reported the Clomid and other ovulation inducers were linked to increased risks for congenital anomalies. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study also found that Clomid was linked to a wide array of birth defects, including a 200% increased risk of Esophageal Atresia.
Esophageal Atresia Birth Defects Victims – Legal Help
If your baby was born with an Esophageal Atresia birth defect and you believe Clomid or an SSRI antidepressant could be to blame, you have valuable legal rights. To learn how our Esophageal Atresia Birth Defect lawyers can help you and your family, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.