Coarctation of the Aorta Birth Defects

Coarctation of the Aorta 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 coarctation of the aorta

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 coarctation of the aorta.

SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of coarctation of the aorta include:

  • Celexa
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft

The birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand how devastating having a child with coarctation of the aorta can be. If your child’s suffering was caused by an SSRI antidepressant taken during pregnancy, filing a SSRI coarctation of the aorta 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 from coarctation of the aorta. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What is Coarctation of the Aorta?

Coarctation of the aorta is a heart birth defect that involves a narrowing of part of the aorta. The aorta carries blood from the heart to the vessels that supply the body with blood and nutrients. If part of the aorta is narrowed, it is hard for blood to pass through the artery.

In mild cases of aortic coarctation, symptoms may not develop until the child has reached adolescence. But in about half of all cases, newborns will show symptoms within a few days of birth. Symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Cold feet or legs
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Decreased ability to exercise
  • Failure to thrive
  • Leg cramps with exercise
  • Nosebleed
  • Poor growth
  • Pounding headache
  • Shortness of breath

Most newborns with symptoms will have surgery either right after birth or soon afterward, after receiving medication to stabilize them. Children who are diagnosed when they are older will also need surgery.

Learn more About Filing an SSRI Coarctation of the Aorta Lawsuit

If your child was born with coarctation of the aorta, 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.