Many serious birth defects effects have been associated with the use of SSRI Antidepressants such as Lexapro (escitalopram), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Celexa (citalopram) during any or part of a pregnancy. Heightened risks exist for various types of Congenital Heart Defects, Lung Defects, Abdominal Wall Defects, Cranio-facial Defects, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other birth defects and malformations affecting various other areas of the child’s anatomy. Some women respond by filing Lexapro Lawsuits against the makers of these SSRIs in order to get financial compensation for all of the associated expenses with their child’s Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) and other conditions.
Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, or TAPVR for short, is an uncommon congenital heart defect in which all four pulmonary veins fail to normally connect to the left atrium. As an alternative, all 4 pulmonary veins deplete abnormally to the right atrium through an anomalous, or abnormal, connection. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return can be broken down into different types, depending on how and where the various pulmonary veins deliver to the heart. The 3 primary types of TAPVR include:
All of the varieties of TAPVR exist concurrently with an atrial septal defect (ASD). This happens because all pulmonary veins fail to normally attach to the left side of the heart and blood is forced from the right atrium over the atrial septal defect (ASD). Without a corresponding ASD, survival until surgery would be simply impossible. Research suggests that ingesting SSRI’s like Lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil and Celexa during the course of a pregnancy can increase the risk of cardiac congenital defects including TAPVR with ASD as well as other heart chamber and valve defects. Unfortunately, a large number of women are still using these SSRI antidepressants upon discovering their pregnancy, and damage can occur before medication is ceased.
If your baby was born with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) or other serious birth or heart defects and the mother was prescribed Lexapro or other SSRI antidepressants during all or any part of the pregnancy, you should call the Willis Law Firm for a Free & Confidential Lexapro Lawsuit Consultation because you and your child could have a legal claim to financial damages for the associated injuries through a Lexapro TAPVR Lawsuit. All Lexapro Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR) and congenital defect cases are handled via a contingency fee basis, so the client will not be charged an attorney or legal case expenses until a recovery is made.