Celexa Birth Defects

Celexa Birth Defects Include PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension)

Celexa birth defects affect the heart, lungs, abdomen and skull. One of the birth defects linked to use of this SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) is PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension). This condition causes a baby’s blood supply to bypass the lungs, leading to reduced oxygen in the bloodstream.

Celexa Cranial Defect

Use of the SSRI Celexa during pregnancy increases the risk for a cranial defect called craniosynostosis. This birth defect causes the sutures in a baby’s skull to close prematurely, which leads to abnormal shaping of the head. This cranial deformity can lead to increased intracranial pressure, developmental delays and seizures.

Celexa Abdominal Defect

SSRI use also increases the risk for an abdominal defect called omphalocele. Omphalocele refers to a protrusion of the intestines or abdominal organs from the navel. If not treated quickly, this abdominal defect can lead to intestinal infection or intestinal tissue death.

PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension)

PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension) reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, which deprives the organs and tissues of needed nutrients. The lack of oxygen causes the skin to develop a bluish tint, and a baby affected by PPHN may exhibit signs of rapid breathing. This is one of the Celexa birth defects that also causes heart rate to increase.

Celexa Birth Defects Treatment

Treatment for Celexa birth defects can be very costly, as some of these defects require multiple surgeries or long hospitalizations. Surgeons repair omphalocele by covering the sac of intestines with a synthetic material and pushing the sac into the abdomen over a period of time. Once the abdomen is large enough to accommodate the sac, the surgeon removes the synthetic material and closes the abdomen. Craniosynostosis surgery may correct skull deformities and reduce the amount of pressure inside the cranium.

PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension) Treatment

The goal of PPHN treatment is to restore oxygen circulation to the vital organs. Possible treatment options include the following:

  • Administration of oxygen
  • Nitric oxide administration
  • High frequency oscillatory ventilation
  • Assisted ventilation
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Filing a Celexa Lawsuit

Caring for an infant with one of these Celexa birth defects has high emotional and financial costs. A Celexa lawyer will review your case and help you decide if you want to proceed with a Celexa lawsuit. A successful claim may make the difference between providing your child with the best care possible and not being able to afford all possible treatment options.

If you took Celexa during pregnancy and your baby was born with a birth defect, contact one of the experienced Celexa Lawyers at Chaffin Luhana LLP. Call us at 1-800-480-1123 for a no-obligation review of your case. The review is free and all of your information will be kept confidential.