Atrial Septal Birth Defects

Atrial Septal Birth Defect

The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of families whose child may have been born with an atrial septal 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 atrial septal defects of the heart.

SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of atrial septal defects 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 atrial septal defects 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 atrial septal 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 an atrial septal defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What is an Atrial Septal Defect?

An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a heart defect that is present at birth in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers (atria) does not close completely. In a developing fetus, there is normally an opening between the two atria (the upper chambers of the heart) to allow blood to bypass the lungs. This opening usually closes around the time the baby is born. However, if this does not happen, then blood will continue to flow from the left to the right atria. This is called a shunt. If too much blood moves to the right side of the heart, pressures in the lungs build up. The shunt may need to be surgically reversed so that blood flows from right to left.

An atrial septal defect can take several forms, including:

  • Ostium Secundum Atrial Septal Defects -The most common type of ASD, which occurs in the center of the septum between the upper heart chambers.
  • Ostium Primum Atrial Septal Defects – Occur in the lower part of the septum between the atria. Individuals with this kind of ASD also typically have additional heart defects such as mitral valve clefts.
  • Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defects -The least common form of the defect, occurring in the upper part of the septum between the upper heart chambers.

Small atrial septal defects often cause very few problems and may be found much later in life. Advanced and severe cases with large shunts usually result in significant shortness of breath. Symptoms, if there are any, may begin any time after birth through childhood, and could include:

  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
  • Frequent respiratory infections in children
  • Sensation of feeling the heart beat (palpitations) in adults
  • Shortness of breath with activity

Atrial septal defects may not require treatment if there are few or no symptoms, or if the defect is small. Surgical closure of the defect is recommended if the defect is large, the heart is swollen, or symptoms occur. Larger defects may cause disability by middle age because of increased blood flow and shunting of blood back into the pulmonary circulation. Individuals with atrial septal defects are at an increased risk for developing a number of complications including:

  • Atrial fibrillation (in adults)
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary overcirculation
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Stroke

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.