Lexapro Craniosynostosis Lawyers

Lexapro craniosynostosis birth defects can be the result of taking Lexapro or another antidepressant during pregnancy.  Widely used in the U.S., Lexapro (escitalopram) belongs to the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) family of antidepressants and was approved by the FDA for use to treat depression and anxiety in 2002.  Unfortunately, SSRI drugs like Lexapro have been linked to serious and life-threatening birth defects such as Lexapro craniosynostosis when taken during pregnancy.

If you gave birth to a child with craniosynostosis or another birth defect and took Lexapro during your pregnancy, your medication and the birth defect may be connected.  For more information, contact one of our Lexapro birth defect attorneys for a free legal consultation where you can learn about your right to pursue compensation for medical bills and other damages.

Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak to a Lexapro birth defect lawyer personally. We offer:

  • A free, no-obligation case evaluation with a birth defect attorney
  • No fee unless we win your case
  • Flexible appointments
  • Home and hospital visits

What is Craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis is a congenital birth defect that can be caused by taking Lexapro during pregnancy.  When an infant is diagnosed with craniosynostosis, the sutures (joints) in between the bones of the baby’s skull close prematurely.  When this happens, the brain can become constricted and cannot grow properly.  Craniosynostosis can lead to the following serious issues:

  • Blindness
  • Developmental delays
  • Mental retardation
  • Pressure on the brain
  • Seizures

Craniosynostosis is far more serious than a child simply being born with a misshapen head.  In addition to the above mentioned craniosynostosis side effects, this condition can cause deformity of the face and head.  The main treatment for craniosynostosis is surgery.

There are a number of different types of craniosynostosis.  The most common form of this condition is saggital syntosis, where the primary suture involved is on the top of the child’s head.  In frontal plagiocephaly, the closure extends from ear to ear.  When a child is born with metophic synostosis, the suture near the forehead is prematurely closed.

Lexapro and Craniosynostosis

In data analyses involving nearly 9,000 infants, researchers from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver found that use of an SSRI like Lexapro during the first trimester nearly doubled the risk of craniosynostosis.  A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 confirmed this finding, stating that use of SSRIs such as Lexapro during pregnancy is linked to a significantly heightened risk of craniosynostosis.

Other Lexapro Birth Defects

In addition to craniosynostosis, Lexapro has been linked to a number of serious and potentially fatal birth defects, including:

  • Atrial or Ventricular Septal Heart Defects – hole in the heart wall
  • Valve Problems – malformed or stuck and won’t close
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries / Vessels
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Spina Bifida
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Omphalocele – abdominal wall defect
  • Mitral Valve
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Heart Murmur
  • Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Club Foot
  • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) – also known as ‘hole in the heart’ defects
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Anal Atresia

Contact a Lexapro Birth Defect Lawyer

If your child was born with craniosynostosis after you took Lexapro during pregnancy, you may be entitled to pursue significant compensation for your damages in a dangerous drug lawsuit.  A Lexapro birth defect lawyer from our firm can review your claim for free and help you develop a strong case.  Contact a pharmaceutical product liability lawyer today to learn more about your rights in a no-obligation legal consultation.

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