Craniosynostosis Birth Defects

Craniosynostosis 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 craniosynostosis, a birth defect of the skull, 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 craniosynostosis.

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

What is Craniosynostosis?

The skull is normally composed of bones which are separated by sutures. Craniosynostosis is a term that refers to the early closing of one or more of these sutures of an infant’s head. The premature closure of a suture causes the skull to expand in the direction of the open sutures. This can result in an abnormal head shape. In severe cases, this condition can also cause increased pressure on the growing brain.

There are four types of craniosynostosis:

  • Sagittal synostosis (scaphocephaly): This occurs when the sagittal suture, the suture located at the top of the head between the skull’s two parietal bones, is closed. As a result, the infant’s head does not expand in width but grows long and narrow to accommodate the growing brain. The incidence of sagittal synostosis in the population is approximately 1 in 4200 births. Males are affected about three times as often as females.
  • Metopic synostosis (trigonocephaly): This is the premature closure of the metopoic suture, which runs from the top of the head, at the fontanel or soft spot, down the center of the skull. The baby’s head may have a triangular shape, there is usually a ridge down the forehead that can be seen or felt and the eyebrows may appear “pinched” on either side. The eyes may also appear close together.
  • Unilateral coronal synostosis (plagiocephaly): This occurs when one side of the coronal suture, which goes from ear to ear on the top of the head, closes prematurely. This results in the forehead and orbital rim (eyebrow) having a flattened appearance on that side, resulting in a “winking” effect.
  • Bicoronal synostosis (brachycephaly): Both sides of the coronial suture are closed, giving the child a very flat, recessed forehead.

The exact cause of craniosynostosis is not known. Some research has indicated that a mother’s use of SSRI antidepressants may be one risk factor for the birth defect. For example, a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 found that craniosynostosis was present more often in infants whose mothers took SSRIs during pregnancy.

Very mild cases of craniosynostosis may not require treatment. Most cases, however, require surgery during infancy to reduce pressure on the brain, creating room within the skull for the brain to grow. A second surgery may be needed later in life should the condition reoccur.

Learn more about Filing an SSRI Craniosynostosis Lawsuit

If your child was born with craniosynostosis, 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.