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Zoloft Birth Defects: Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn

Posted on July 5th, 2011 No Comments

The prescription antidepressant Zoloft has been linked to a number of birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) occurs when an infant’s circulation system does not adapt to breathing outside the womb. While in the womb, a fetus gets oxygen from its mother’s placenta through the umbilical cords, so the lungs need little blood supply. The high blood pressure in the lungs results in the pulmonary artery sending blood from the lungs to other organs throughout the fetal blood vessel.

Typically, when a baby is born and takes its first breath, the blood pressure in their lungs drops resulting in an increased blood flow to the organ. The fetal blood vessel constricts and closes in the first day of live. In infants with PPHN, however, the pressure of the lungs remains high and the fetal blood vessel remains open, allowing blood to be directed away from the lungs.

If your child was born with PPHN after you used Zoloft while pregnant, please contact the Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit Attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810.


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