Anal Atresia Birth Defects

Anal Atresia Birth Defects

The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of families whose child may have been born with anal atresia (anus or rectum malformation/ birth defect) because of their mother’s use of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant during pregnancy. A growing body of research has linked the use of SSRI antidepressants to birth defects, including anal atresia.

SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of anal atresia include:

  • Celexa
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft

The birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand the difficult road families of children with anal atresia must travel. If your child’s suffering was caused by an SSRI antidepressant taken during pregnancy, your family deserves compensation from the maker of that drug. Filing a SSRI anal atresia birth defect lawsuit could enable you to obtain money damages for your child’s current and future medical needs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

The birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations in all 50 states to any family who believes an SSRI caused their baby to suffer anal atresia. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What is Anal Atresia?

Anal atresia is a birth defect in which the opening of the anus/rectum is absent or obstructed. Anal atresia is often present along with other birth defects, such as spinal problems, heart problems, tracheoesophageal fistula, esophageal atresia, renal anomalies, and limb anomalies. There are three forms of anal atresia birth defects:

  • A low lesion, in which the colon remains close to the skin. In this case, there may be a narrowing of the anus, or the anus may be missing altogether, with the rectum ending in a blind pouch.
  • A high lesion, in which the colon is higher up in the pelvis and there is a fistula connecting the rectum and the bladder, urethra or the vagina.
  • A persistent cloaca, in which the rectum, vagina and urinary tract are joined into a single channel.

Symptoms of anal atresia include:

  • No anal opening present at birth
  • Anal opening in the wrong location
  • Baby does not pass the first stool within 24-48 hours after birth
  • Stool being excreted through the vagina, penis, scrotum, or urethra
  • Tight, swollen stomach
  • No bowel control by age 3

Treatment of anal atresia may include a colostomy, a temporary surgical procedure to help rid the body of waste until the condition can be corrected. In this procedure, the rectum is closed-off and a stoma (an opening) is made in the abdomen so that waste can pass through it and into a colostomy bag. Eventually, a child with anal atresia will undergo surgery to correct the condition.

Learn more about Filing an SSRI PPHN Lawsuit

If your child was born with anal atresia, and you believe an SSRI, including Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft, might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these medications. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.

The exact cause of anal atresia is not known. A mother’s use of certain medications, such as SSRI antidepressants, may play a role in the development of anal atresia. For example, a study published in 2007 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that infants born to a mother who took an SSR while pregnant were more than twice as likely to develop birth defects like omphalocele and craniosynostosis, compared to infants who were not exposed to an SSRI in utero. A second study published in the journal later that year indicated that infants whose mothers took an SSRI during the first trimester of pregnancy were nearly two times as likely to be born with birth defects like limb defects, anal atresia, and neural tube birth defects, compared to unexposed infants.

Learn more about Filing an SSRI Atrial Septal Defect Lawsuit

If your child was born with an atrial septal defect, and you believe an SSRI, including Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft, might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these medications. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.