Transposition of the Great Arteries

Possibly Linked to the Use of SSRIs & Other Medications During Pregnancy

Has your child been diagnosed with the transposition of the great arteries (TGA)? This birth defect could possibly be linked to the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other medications taken during pregnancy. This could include drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, and Pexeva.

This condition affects the two main arteries that leave the heart: the pulmonary artery and the aorta. In the case of TGA, the two are physically and structurally transposed or switched. Normally, the blood pumped out to the body goes through the aorta on the left side of the heart and returns through the pulmonary artery on the right side of the heart. When these arteries are transposed, the blood returning from the body skips passed the lungs and back out to the body. The result is limited and strained oxygen in the blood pushing through the body.

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Potential Dangers After Surgical Treatment

Shortly after the child is born, typically within the first week of life, surgery is required to treat TGA. The most common and successful type of surgery is called an arterial switch. This procedure ensures that the condition is permanently corrected without the need for a transplant. Some severe cases of TGA can result in death within the first six months after birth. Unfortunately, there are risks associated with TGA surgery that might require future treatment and surgery as the child develops.

These conditions can include the following:

  • Heart failure
  • Lung damage
  • Breathing issues
  • Arrhythmias
  • Decline in heart muscle and valve function
  • Leaky heart valves
  • Coronary arteries issues

Discuss Your Legal Options with Our Birth Defect Lawyers

A child born with TGA will often require consistent visits to a cardiologist or other specialist for the duration of their life. If treated properly, however, the baby can grow to live a long and healthy life without complication. If you took an SSRI, antidepressant, or other medication while pregnant and your baby developed TGA, you may have legal options available to you.

You can speak with our team at Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC to learn what you may be able to do in order to seek compensation for things like medical expenses, pain, and suffering. If the label for the SSRI doesn’t warn regarding potential risks during pregnancy, you may have a claim against the drug’s manufacturer. If you have a legal claim, we are ready to stand by your side and provide the representation you need to seek compensation on your family’s behalf.

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