Other Birth Defects

There is such a wide range of other birth defects from the use of SSRIs during pregnancy that they all cannot be grouped into just a handful of categories. Defects in the ear, eye, diaphragm and ones that can even affect cognitive abilities can all result from the use of these drugs during pregnancy.

Some of these defects are serious, while other may be less severe. No matter how serious the defect, however, if your child is suffering from any problem caused by a SSRI you took during pregnancy, you can and should seek compensation.

Common SSRIs such as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, and Lexapro have been linked to these defects, as have other fertility drugs and anti-epilepsy medications. The lawyers at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm are here to hold these companies responsible.


These are birth defects of the ear. Microtia is a defect to the auricle portion of the ear where there is a narrowing or absence of the external auditory canal. It can be small or a serious structural defect. Anotia is when there is a complete absence of the auricle portion of the ear. Most cases involve a defect to one ear. The fertility drug Clomid has been shown to double the risk for anotia and microtia in one study. Both conditions are not life-threatening and can be corrected with surgery.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

This is the complex group of the developmental disorder including autism. Autism typically reveals itself in the first three years of a child’s life and can affect social skills and speech. It may be characterized by the lack of eye contact, difficulty empathizing, disinterest in physical contact and repetitive behavior. Mothers who use Clomid and the anti-epilepsy drug Depakote may increase their child’s chances of developing autism, according to studies by the Harvard School of Public Health and the journal Neurology. Autism can’t be cured or necessarily treated, but it can be managed.

Congenital Glaucoma

This is a defect of the eye that occurs when there is an improper development of the eye’s drainage channels. When the channels are malformed, fluid produced by the eye cannot be drained and the high pressure leads to glaucoma in both eyes. Surgery can be used to treat glaucoma.

Diaphragmatic Hernia

This is a serious condition in which there is an abnormal opening in the diaphragm, which helps a baby breathe. Through this opening, part of the organs from a baby’s belly can go up into the chest cavity and near the lungs. This leads to undeveloped lung tissue and severe difficulty breathing. A diaphragmatic hernia requires immediate surgery.

Esophageal Atresia

This is when the esophagus, which carries food from the mouth to the stomach, is improperly developed. There are several ways this can occur, including the upper esophagus being attached to the windpipe. This defect must be treated immediately with surgery.


This is when the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis instead of the tip. It can be treated with surgery to reposition the urethral opening.

Mental Deficiencies

This includes mental retardation and is characterized by impaired cognitive abilities. This is a deficiency, not a disease. There is no cure — only management.

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