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 Spina Bifida Is A Type of Neural Tube Birth Defect That May Be Caused By Medications Given to a Mother Before or During Pregnancy by Texas Spina Bifida Lawyer, Drug Neural Tube Defect Lawyer, Infant Spinal Cord Defect Lawyer, Brain Birth Defect Lawyer, Spina Bifida Defect Lawyer, and Spina Bifida Dangerous Drug Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Birth defects including neural tube defects and spina bifida can result in death or serious injury to an infant including malformation, permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems.  If you or someone you love is on medication and is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, please discuss the potential dangers of any medication that you are taking with a qualified medical doctor. If you believe that your child has suffered a birth defect or birth injury as a result of a dangerous drug and/or medical negligence, feel free to contact Texas Birth Defect Lawyer and Birth Injury Lawyer Jason Coomer for a free review of your Birth Injury Lawsuit or Birth Defect Lawsuit or use our online submission form.

Spina Bifida Is the Most Common Type of Neural Tube Birth Defect and Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida is the Most severe Form of Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is the most common neural tube defect and it is estimated that there are approximately 70,000 people in the United State living with spina bifida.  It is an all too common birth defect in the United States affecting about approximately 1,500 new born babies each year.

In a child that has a spina bifida birth defect, the fetal spinal column doesn't close completely during the first month of pregnancy.  These children typically suffer nerve damage from the birth defect that causes at least some paralysis of the child's legs. Severe cases of spina bifida can result in full or partial paralysis and other problems such as hydrocephalus, bowel and bladder problems, and learning disabilities.

There are several forms of spina bifida and the birth defect can cause mild to severe health problems.  Myelomeningocele spina bifida is the most severe form of spina bifida.  Myelomeningocele is where the spinal cord and meninges protrude from a spinal opening.  In myelomeningocele spina bifida cases, the new born child will require surgery after birth to put the exposed nerves and cord into the spinal canal.  Children with myelomingocele are at high risk of infection until the back is closed surgically. In spite of surgery,  in these myelomeningocele spina bifida cases, some nerve damage is usually permanent and will include paralysis and bowel and bladder problems.

Bladder and bowel problems as well as paralysis are common in most forms of spina bifida.  Both spina bifida bowel and bladder problems as well as spina bifida paralysis are caused by nerve damage.  The nerves that control bowel and bladder functions are damaged and unable to work properly as the nerves that control other parts of the body can be damages and unable to control other parts of the body. These damaged nerves prevent the child from being able to control their bodies including their bowels and bladder.  As such, many children suffering from severe spina bifida do not have full control of the bladder and bowels.  These spina bifida bowel and bladder problems can often result in urinary tract infections, suffer kidney damage, and incontinence.

Several forms of spina bifida can also cause hydrocephalus, which is increased fluid on the brain.  The increased fluid or hydrocephalus can be caused when the fluid around the brain cannot drain properly.  In cases of spina bifida hydrocephalus, the spina bifida defect will typically block the fluid's normal path and will often require a shunt to be placed in the child to drain the fluid from the brain and reduce fluid pressure on the brain. 

Meningocele spina bifida is the rarest type of spina bifida where the protective membrane covering the spinal cord (the meninges) develops incorrectly and protrudes through an opening in the spine. Because this form of spina bifida does not involve the spinal cord itself, meningocele spina bifida can usually be treated through surgically and allow children to develop normally without paralysis. However, children with meningocele spina bifida can develop hydrocephalus and bowel or bladder problems.

Occulta spina bifida is the mildest form of spina bifida where there is a small defect, gap or malformation in one or more of the vertebrae of the spine.  In occulta spina bifida cases, there is often no nerve damage or symptoms for the child, but as the child develops problems may arise through progressive neurological deterioration. Some affected individuals have a dimple, hairy patch, dark spot or swelling over the affected area, and most affected individuals with mild occulta spina bifida will need no treatment.

Neural Tube Birth Defects, Anencephaly Birth Defects, Failure to Develop Brain and Skull, Improper Cephalic Development, and Defective Drug Neural Tube Birth

Anencephaly is the most severe type of neural tube defect because it prevents the brain from properly forming.  In these anencephaly neural tube defect cases the brain and skull do not develop correctly.  In other words, the "cephalic" or head end of the neural tube fails to close properly which causes the brain, skull and scalp not to develop properly. Infants with anencephaly are often born without a forebrain and a cerebrum and are usually blind, deaf, unconscious and unable to feel pain. Many of these children are still born, but some are actually born but do not live long.

Encephaloceles are rare neural tube defects that result in abnormal openings in the skull through which brain tissue protrudes.  Encephaloceles are often accompanied by deformities of the skull or face and/or other brain malformations. Symptoms may include hydrocephalus, spastic quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs), developmental delay, vision problems, mental and growth retardation and seizures.

The prognosis for babies with this disorder varies. It depends on what brain tissue is involved and the accompanying brain malformations and symptoms. While most babies with encephaloceles do not survive or are severely retarded, early surgery has helped some children. Generally, surgery is performed during infancy to put the protruding brain tissue back into the skull and correct any craniofacial abnormalities. 

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By Texas Spina Bifida Attorney Jason S. Coomer

Several medications, products, and drugs have been linked to birth defects including neural tube defects.  Unfortunately, through strong marketing pressure some drug companies have been continuing to push doctors to prescribe drugs to pregnant women that may cause severe birth defects.  These birth defects can result in death or injury to an infant including malformation, permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems.  If your child was born with a birth defect including a neural tube birth defect, cleft palate, or other birth defect, please feel free to contact Birth Defect Lawyer Jason S. Coomer to determine if a drug you were on while pregnant might have caused a birth defect.

Neural Tube Birth Defects, Spina Bifida Birth Defects, Myelomeningocele Birth Defects, and Defective Drug Neural Tube Birth Defects

Neural tube birth defects are a type of birth defect that prevents normal development of a child's brain and spinal cord.  The neural tube is the embryonic structure that develops into the brain and spinal cord. In most pregnant women, the neural tube normally folds inward and closes by the 28th day after conception. When the neural tube fails to close completely or develop properly, defects of the brain, spinal cord and vertebrae can result in the child.  These neural tube birth defects can result in death or serious nerve damage that can cause permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems. The two most common neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly.

Neural tube defects are serious birth defects caused by incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord and/or their protective coverings.  These brain and spinal cord birth defects occur when the fetus' spine fails to close properly during the early stages of pregnancy.

SSRI Birth Defect Lawsuits, SSRI Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawsuits, Primary Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN) Lawsuits, Prozac Birth Defect Lawsuits, Zoloft Lawsuits, and Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuits

A growing body of evidence indicates that several drugs and medications, if used during pregnancy may cause serious birth defects.  These drugs include selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor SSRI antidepressants.  Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly used as antidepressants. Drugs included in the SSRI class are Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Symbyax, Celexa, Cymbalta, Effexor and Lexapro.

These SSRI antidepressants may cause birth defects and developmental problems if taken during pregnancy.  Some potential birth defects and developmental problems include neural tube birth defects, heart defects, cleft palates, cleft lips, clubbed feet, as well as other malformations and developmental problems.  These selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs have been strongly marketed by the drug companies and are commonly used to treat depression and other disorders.

SSRI class drugs include citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Cipram, Dalsan, Recital, Emocal, Sepram, Seropram, Citox, Cital) dapoxetine (Priligy) escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex, Esertia) fluoxetine (Prozac, Fontex, Seromex, Seronil, Sarafem, Ladose, Motivest,Flutop, Fluctin (EUR), Fluox (NZ), Depress (UZB), Lovan (AUS)) fluvoxamine (Luvox, Fevarin, Faverin, Dumyrox, Favoxil, Movox) indalpine (Upstene) (discontinued) paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat, Sereupin, Aropax, Deroxat, Divarius, Rexetin, Xetanor, Paroxat, Loxamine, Deparoc) sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral, Serlain, Asentra) vilazodone (Viibyrd) and zimelidine (Zelmid, Normud)

Some of the most popular SSRI antidepressants are:

Studies suggest that the use of SSRI antidepressants including Effexor, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Paxil during pregnancy may cause serious birth defects including: neural tube birth defects (abnormally shaped head/skull, brain and spinal cord injuries), heart birth defects and lung birth defects (PPHN), abdominal wall injury and closure of the anus, omphacele (a birth defect in which the infant's intestine or other, abdominal organs stick out of the belly button), and club foot.

Wellbutrin Birth Defect Lawsuits, Wellbutrin Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawsuits, Wellbutrin Primary Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN) Lawsuits, Wellbutin Birth Defect Lawsuits, Wellbutrin Lawsuits, and Wellbutrin Birth Defect Lawsuits

Bupropion hydrochloride is marketed under the following names:

  • Wellbutrin

  • Wellbutrin SR

  • Wellbutrin XL

  • Zyban

Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Zyban, Wellbutrin XL and bupropion are in the FDA's pregnancy category C, which means the drug can cause injury to unborn and nursing babies.   A recent article published in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (July 2010) suggests that there may be an increased risk of heart defects in the mother's offspring from the antidepressant taken during pregnancy. The study identified a positive association between early pregnancy Wellbutrin use and a congenital heart problem known as a left outflow tract defect. This heart birth defect can restrict the flow of blood to the rest of the body from the heart's left chambers, and often must be surgically corrected to allow the child's main artery to function properly.

Unfortunately, depression is not uncommon in women of childbearing age, and Wellbutrin is often used during the early stages of pregnancy. Among the most serous side effects of Wellbutrin are heart defects found in infants of women who took the drugs during the first trimester of their pregnancies.

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by Texas Depakote Spina Bifida Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Women that take Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon, D├ępakine Chrono, and other forms of divalproex sodium, while they are pregnant may be at higher risk to have children with serious birth defects including spina bifida, cleft palate, cleft lip, and malformations.  If you believe that you or someone in your family is on Depakote or Depakote ER while pregnant, please contact a doctor immediately. 

For more Depakote Lawsuit information, Spina Bifida Lawsuit information, or other Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit information, please feel free to contact Depakote Birth Defect Lawyer and Spina Bifida Lawyer Jason Coomer a Texas lawyer, or use our online submission form.

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Some medications have ample warnings that warn doctors, pharmacists, and women that pregnant women should avoid taking the product while they are pregnant to avoid potential birth defects.  However, some drug manufacturers have hidden the real dangers of their product in order to sell more of their product including selling their product to pregnant women.  These companies value profits over healthy children and will often market the dangerous drug through physicians.  Seeking to stop these drug corporations and educate doctors as to the dangers of giving certain drugs to pregnant women is an important step in lowering the number of birth defects in the future and protecting children from facing a shortened life with disability.

By filing a birth defect lawsuit against a drug company for selling and marketing a dangerous drug that my cause birth defects, the families of those that have lost there child or have had their child suffer a serious birth defect can seek compensation from the drug company as well as prevent similar unnecessary deaths or birth defects from happening to other children and families.

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Federal and Texas Birth Defect Lawsuits are some of the most complicated types of cases in the practice of law. As a Texas birth defect and birth injury lawyer that handles birth defect, infant death and stillborn baby claims, Jason S. Coomer works with other Birth Defect Lawyers throughout the United States including Boston Depakotel Birth Defect Lawyers, Atlanta Depakote Birth Defect Lawyers, Virginia Birth Defect Lawyers, Dallas Depakote Spina Bifida Birth Defect Lawyers, Houston Spina Bifida Birth Defect Lawyers, and other Depakote Birth Defect Lawyers.  In working with other birth defect lawyers, we seek compensation from negligent drug companies and other companies that have severely injured or killed infants or mothers through selling dangerous products, medications, and drugs that they should have know were dangerous, but hid significant research in order to sell more product to make a profit.

If you have suffered the loss of your baby or your baby has been born with a significant birth defect, feel free to contact Texas Birth Defect Attorney, Jason S. Coomer.

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