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Tetralogy of Fallot

Tetralogy of Fallot is a combination of four heart defects than can be caused by the use of Paxil or other antidepressants during pregnancy. Children born with tetralogy of Fallot often have bluish-colored skin caused by circulatory problems associated with their condition.

The four heart defects present in babies with tetralogy of Fallot are:

  • Pulmonary valve stenosis: narrowing of the pulmonary valve that reduces blood flow to the lungs
  • Ventricular septal defect: a hole between the two ventricles of the heart
  • Overriding aorta: misplacement of the aorta, causing oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood to mix
  • Right ventricular hypertrophy: thickening of the walls of the right ventricle due to overwork

    1) Ventricular septal defects, 2) pulmonary stenosis, 3) overriding aorta, 4) ventricular hypertrophy.

In addition to blue-tinged skin, children with tetralogy of Fallot may also experience shortness of breath, fainting, heart murmurs and clubbed fingers or toes. Some babies may suffer episodes known as “Tet spells”—deep blue skin that can develop after crying, feeding, bowel movements or kicking.

Infants born with tetralogy of Fallot will require corrective surgery in order to ensure that they grow and develop properly. Most children with this condition will undergo a type of open-heart surgery known as intracardiac repair. During this procedure, a surgeon will place a patch over the ventral septal defect between the chambers of the heart, repair the pulmonary valve and widen the pulmonary artery to oxygen-rich blood to flow throughout the body.

If you or a loved one took gave birth to a child suffering from tetralogy of Fallot and used Paxil, Zoloft or other antidepressants during pregnancy, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-888-776-5552, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.

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