Tetralogy of Fallot Birth Defects

Tetralogy of Fallot 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 Tetrology of Fallot

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 heart birth defects, including Tetrology of Fallot.

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

What is Tetrology of Fallot?

Tetrology of Fallot is actually a combination of four heart birth defects:

  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Overriding aorta
  • Right ventricular hypertrophy (thickened wall of the right ventricle)

While Tetrology of Fallot is rare, it is the most common of all heart birth defects. Children with Tetralogy of Fallot are more likely to have chromosome disorders, such as Down syndrome and DiGeorge syndrome (a condition that causes heart defects, low calcium levels, and poor immune function). Symptoms of the condition include:

  • Blue color to the skin (cyanosis), which gets worse when the baby is upset
  • Clubbing of fingers (skin or bone enlargement around the fingernails)
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Passing out
  • Poor development
  • Squatting during episodes of cyanosis

Tetrology of Fallot results in the circulation of oxygen-poor blood throughout the body. If left untreated, complications of Tetrology of Fallot include:

  • Delayed growth and development
  • Arrhythmias (Irregular heart rhythms)
  • Seizures during periods when there is not enough oxygen
  • Death

Without surgery, death usually occurs by the time the person reaches age 20. However, most children born with Tetrology of Fallot will undergo corrective surgery shortly after birth. Following surgery, more than 90% of babies will survive to adulthood and live healthy lives, though they will need continued follow-up with a cardiologist. Those who experience continued, severe leakiness of the pulmonary valve may need to have the valve replaced.

Learn more About Filing an SSRI Tetrology of Fallot Lawsuit

If your child was born with Tetrology of Fallot, 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.