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Zoloft Birth Defects: Orofacial Clefts

Posted on July 12th, 2011 No Comments

In recent years, the prescription antidepressant medication Zoloft has been linked to a number of birth defects, including orofacial clefts.

Orofacial clefts are birth defects in which an incomplete development during early fetal formation results in an opening in the lip and/or palate. Cleft lip and cleft palate occur in about 1 of every 1,000 children born in the United States each year, making it one of the most common birth defects.

An orofacial cleft occurs when parts of the lip or palate do not completely fuse together during the first three months of pregnancy. A cleft lip may appear as a small notch in the edge of the lip or extend into the nose. A cleft may also extend into the gums. A cleft palate may also vary in size, from a defect of the soft palate to a complete cleft that extends through the hard palate.

Both cleft lip and cleft palate are treatable. Most children born with either defect can have surgery to repair malformation within the first 12 to 18 months of life.

If you used Zoloft while pregnant and your child suffered a birth defect, such as cleft lip or cleft palate, please contact the Zoloft Birth Defect Lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810.

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