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Hydranencephaly Birth Defects & Depakote

A cephalic disorder known as hydranencephaly has been linked to the use of Depakote in pregnancy.

Hydranencephaly is a type of cephalic disorder. This is a rare condition in which the cerebral hemispheres are absent and replaced by sacs filled with cerebrospinal fluid.

If you or a loved one has taken Depakote or another related drug while pregnant and given birth to a child with birth defects such as Hydranencephaly, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

Usually the cerebellum and brainstem are formed normally, although in some cases the cerebellum may also be absent. An infant with hydranencephaly may appear normal at birth or may have some distortion of the skull and upper facial features due to fluid pressure inside the skull. The infant’s head size and spontaneous reflexes such as sucking, swallowing, crying, and moving the arms and legs may all seem normal, depending on the severity of the condition. However, after a few weeks the infant usually becomes irritable and has increased muscle tone (hypertonia). After several months of life, seizures and hydrocephalus may develop. Other symptoms may include visual impairment, lack of growth, deafness, blindness, spastic quadriparesis (paralysis), and intellectual deficits.

Some infants may have additional abnormalities at birth including seizures, myoclonus (involuntary sudden, rapid jerks), and respiratory problems.

FDA Links Depakote to Neural Tube Defects Including Hydranencephaly

Recently the U.S. Food & Drug Administration linked the use of Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon, Stavzor, valporate sodium and other related drugs to the development of neural tube defects. Learn more here: https://www.schmidtandclark.com/depakote-fda-black-box-warning

Depakote Birth Defects Update 1/24/13: A new study has determined that Depakote can cause lowered IQ’s and other cognitive deficiencies in children born to mothers who take the drug during pregnancy. Specifically, the research found that babies exposed to Depakote in the womb had IQ’s that were seven to 10 points lower than other children at age six, as well as reduced language skills and memory capacity. Click here to learn more.

Do I Have a Hydranencephaly Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in birth defect lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has taken Depakote or another related drug while pregnant and given birth to a child with birth defects such as Hydranencephaly, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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