Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women who take SSRI antidepressants like Zoloft during pregnancy are six times more likely to give birth to a child with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) than women who don’t take SSRI antidepressants.

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn is a circulatory condition caused by the failure of fetal blood vessels to close after delivery. When a child is still in the womb, the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel, carries blood from the pulmonary artery to the heart, allowing it to skip the lungs. The ductus arteriosus is supposed to close once a baby is born and starts to breath. This then allows blood to flow to the lungs where it can receive oxygen.

When children are born with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, the ductus arteriosus fails to close and blood does not receive enough oxygen. If left uncorrected, PPHN can lead to serious health problems such as heart failure, kidney failure, seizures, organ damage or death.

Although treatment options are available, many children born with PPHN will suffer from lifelong seizure disorders, breathing problems, developmental delays, problems hearing and neurological deficits.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with PPHN or other birth defects, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. For a free legal evaluation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.


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