Were you prescribed antidepressants during pregnancy? Was your child born with esophageal stenosis or other life-threatening birth defect? If so, you may have a lawsuit. Get a free case evaluation from an experienced defective drug attorney today.
What is Esophageal Stenosis?
Esophageal stenosis is a congenital (present at birth) defect characterized by a gradual narrowing of the tube that carries food to the stomach that occurs when scar tissue builds up in the tube. The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat with the stomach. After food enters the tube, muscles behind and in front of the food contract and relax in a rhythmic sequence to force it along toward the stomach. When part of the lining of the esophagus is damaged, it may become scarred. This makes it fibrous and stiff. A build-up of scar tissue can gradually cause a narrowing of part of the esophagus.
Antidepressants & birth defects: how concerned should you be?
Recently, researchers have linked serious birth defects such as esophageal stenosis in babies born to mothers who used certain antidepressants during pregnancy. If you have a child with unexplained birth defects and were prescribed any of the antidepressant medications listed below while you were pregnant, you should consult a lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.
Pregnant women: beware of these medications
The following antidepressants have been associated with the development of esophageal stenosis in children born to mothers who took them during pregnancy:
- Paxil (Paroxetine)
- Zoloft (Sertraline)
- Celexa (Citalopram)
- Prozac (Fluoxetine)
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
- Effexor (Venlafaxine)
How can I tell if my baby has esophageal stenosis?
Signs and symptoms of esophageal stenosis include pain in the chest or below the sternum. This usually occurs after feedings and spreads to the child’s neck, jaw, or shoulder. An infant with this condition may also have any of the following:
- Black, tarry bowel movements
- Choking, coughing, or shortness of breath
- Frequent burping or hiccups
- Pain or trouble swallowing
- Vomiting blood
- Weight loss
Do I have an esophageal stenosis lawsuit?
The Defective Drug & Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in antidepressant drug birth defects lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new esophageal stenosis cases in all 50 states.