Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect Birth Defect Lawsuit

June 1, 2011

What is Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect?

Complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD) is the combination of multiple defects of the heart that are present at the time of birth. Complete atrioventricular canal defect, sometimes referred to as endocardial cushion defect or atrioventricular septal defect, happens when there is a hole in between the chambers in the heart and there are problems with the valves that control blood flow within the heart.

Complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD) lets extra blood circulate to the lungs. Complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD) overworks the heart and causes it to enlarge. If complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD) is not treated, it may cause the heart to fail as well as high blood pressure within the lungs. Typically when an infant has complete atrioventricular canal defect, doctors recommend surgery within the first year of a child’s life to reconstruct the valves and close the hole.

Symptoms of Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect

Symptoms of complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD) typically develop within the first few weeks of an infant’s life. The symptoms may include some or all of the following:

• Lack of appetite

• Difficulty breathing

• Bluish discoloration of the lips and skin

• Poor weight gain

If the baby has complete atrioventricular canal defect, they may also develop symptoms of heart failure including:

• Decreased alertness

• Swelling in the legs, ankles and feet

• Excessive sweating

• Wheezing

• Irregular or rapid heartbeat

• Fatigue

• Sudden weight gain from fluid retention

Causes of Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect

Complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD)  typically occurs during fetal growth when the infant’s heart is still developing. The use of SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, or Lexapro during all or part of the pregnancy may significantly increase the risk of a congenital heart defect such as complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD).

Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect – Zoloft Lawsuit

If your child was born with complete atrioventricular canal defect (CACD) or other congenital heart defects and an antidepressant such as Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil or Celexa was taken during all or part of the pregnancy, then call now for a free consultation with an SSRI Antidepressant Lawyer. You and your child may have a legal right to monetary compensation for damages and injuries. Call 1-800-883-9858 or fill out the form on the right for your free legal consultation.


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