Transposition of the great arteries, or simply TGA, is a congenital heart defect, which means that it is a condition that is present at birth. Sometimes TGA is also referred to as transposition of the great vessels, or TGV. TGA takes place when the two primary arteries going out from the heart are “transposed” or switch places. The two arteries affected by TGA are the pulmonary artery and the aorta. In a normally functioning heart, the blood that returns to the heart from other areas in the body is pumped from the right of the heart through the pulmonary artery to the lungs where it receives oxygen and then flows to the left side of the heart. After this, the blood flows from the left through the aorta and onwards, back to the rest of the body. Unfortunately, when the great arteries are transposed, when blood returns from the body, it completely bypasses the lungs before being distributed out to the body. As a result, sufferers of TGA do not have enough oxygen in their blood.
Without surgery, Transposition of the Great Arteries can be fatal to infants. However, even after surgical treatment many TGA patients will endure a lifetime cardiological care as well as the following symptoms:
Recently, the use of SSRI antidepressants (like Lexapro) during pregnancy has been linked to a wide range of serious birth defects, including Transposition of the Great Arteries. Many patients believe that the manufacturers of these medications could have, or should have warned against these complications, and now seek to hold the manufacturers responsible for the harm that these SSRIs have caused to them and their children through the filing of Lexapro Birth Defects Lawsuits.
If your child was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries or any other serious heart problems or birth defects following the maternal use of Lexapro (or other SSRI) during pregnancy, you may be a viable candidate for a Lexapro Birth Defects Lawsuit. Please call the Willis Law Firm Today for a Free & Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation because you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the associated damages and injuries of your predicament. All Lexapro birth defect cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will never be charged an attorney fee or any legal case expenses unless a recovery is obtained.