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Zoloft Birth Defects: Gastroschisis

Posted on August 2nd, 2011 No Comments

The prescription drug Zoloft has been associated with a number of birth defects, including gastroschisis.

Gastroschisis is an opening in the abdominal wall through which the internal organs push outside of the infant’s body. During fetal development, the abdominal wall fails to close properly, leaving an opening. The opening is usually to the right of the umbilical cord. This birth defect is not commonly associated with any other defects, except bowel strictures and atresias. Gastroschisis occurs in approximately 1 out of 5,000 births.

Gastroschisis is usually an isolated defect. The only problems that are common in newborns with the condition are related to the gastrointestinal system. Approximately 20 to 40 percent of infants with gastroschisis will also have some type of gastrointestinal abnormality such as:

–          Malrotation: Bowel is not in correct position

–          Artresia: Passage is blocked

–          Volvulus: Twisting of the bowel

–          Infarction: Blood supply has been cut off

Babies with gastroschisis are at an increased risk for stillbirth. The incidence of stillbirth is approximately 10 percent. These babies will often be smaller than normally expected. It is estimated that as many as 75 percent will be classified as growth restricted.

If you were prescribed Zoloft while pregnant and your child suffered a birth defect, such as gastroschisis, please contact the Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit Attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810.


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