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Craniosynostosis Lawyer & Lawsuit

Craniosynostosis is a cranial skull defect characterized by the premature closing of one or more joints in your infant’s skull. As a result, their brain can not grow to its natural shape and the head becomes misshapen. In this article we will discuss the signs and symptoms, causes, complications, tests and diagnosis for craniosynostosis.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with craniosynostosis after taking an antidepressant, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

Craniosynostosis Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of craniosynostosis may include:

  • A misshapen skull
  • A “soft Spot” on your baby’s skull
  • Early disappearance of the frontanel
  • Little to no growth of the head
  • Development of a raised, hard ridge along affected sutures
  • Increased pressure within the skull

For more in-depth information on all the symptoms associated with craniosynostosis, please visit Mayoclinic.com.

Causes of Craniosynostosis

For the most part, doctors agree that the specific causes of craniosynostosis in children remain unknown. However, in July 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the birth defects risk caused by using antidepressants during pregnancy. Antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of craniosynostosis in children born to mothers who took them during pregnancy. The following is a list of antidepressant medications that have been linked to this type of birth defect:

  • Paroxetine
  • Zoloft (Sertraline)
  • Celexa (Citalopram)
  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)
  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
  • Bupropion
  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Craniosynostosis Complications

Babies who develop craniosynostosis do not have skulls that expand to fit their maturing brain. If neglected, the increased pressure on the brain may cause:

  • Blindness
  • Permanent deformation of the head
  • Seizures
  • Brain damage
  • Death

Craniosynostosis Tests & Diagnosis

Initial tests to diagnose craniosynostosis include checking the babies head for abnormalities such as suture ridges, “soft spots”, and facial deformations. In addition to these exams, doctors may preform more conclusive tests that include imaging studies to better examine the skull or genetic testing to determine an underlying hereditary syndrome.

Do I have a Craniosynostosis Lawsuit?

The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in craniosynostosis lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Again, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with craniosynostosis after taking an antidepressant, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-800-773-0849. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

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