Pulmonary Stenosis Birth Defects

Pulmonary Stenosis 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 pulmonary stenosis 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 pulmonary stenosis.

SSRIs that may be associated with the occurrence of pulmonary stenosis 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 pulmonary stenosis can be. If your child’s suffering was caused by an SSRI antidepressant taken during pregnancy, filing a SSRI pulmonary stenosis 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 pulmonary stenosis. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the SSRI birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

What is Pulmonary Stenosis?

Like other heart valve birth defects, pulmonary stenosis is the result of abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. Pulmonary stenosis occurs because the heart’s pulmonary valve, which is found between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery, is unable to open properly. As a result, blood cannot flow forward from the right ventricle to the lungs. There are four different types of pulmonary stenosis:

  • valvar pulmonary stenosis – the valve leaflets are thickened and/or narrowed
  • supravalvar pulmonary stenosis – the pulmonary artery just above the pulmonary valve is narrowed
  • subvalvar (infundibular) pulmonary stenosis – the muscle under the valve area is thickened, narrowing the outflow tract from the right ventricle
  • branch peripheral pulmonic stenosis – the right or left pulmonary artery is narrowed, or both may be narrowed

    Common system of pulmonary stenosis includes:

    • heavy or rapid breathing
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • rapid heart rate
    • swelling in the feet, ankles, face, eyelids, and/or abdomen
    • fewer wet diapers or trips to the bathroom

    Mild pulmonary stenosis may not cause any symptoms, and often does not require treatment. Moderate or severe stenosis is treated with repair of the obstructed valve. Treatment options include balloon dilation or valvuloplasty to clear the obstruction via cardiac catherization. Open heart surgery is required for pulmonary stenosis that occurs above the pulmonary valve (supravalvular) or below the valve (subvalvular).

    Learn more About Filing an SSRI Pulmonary Stenosis Lawsuit

    If your child was born with pulmonary stenosis, 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.