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Cloacal Exstrophy

Cloacal exstrophy is a birth defect that occurs when children are born with exposed intra-abdominal structures. This abdominal birth defect has been linked to the use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy.

Cloacal exstrophy is diagnosed by fetal ultrasound before birth. Children born with this birth defect typically have their large intestine exposed on the outside of the body, with two halves of the bladder on either side. Cloacal exstrophy often requires multiple surgeries to correct.

In addition to cloacal exstrophy, women who use Zoloft during pregnancy face an increased risk of having a child with abdominal birth defects such as gastroschisis and omphalocele. Zoloft has also been linked to severe heart and cranial birth defects including hypoplastic left heart syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects and craniosynostosis.

If you or someone you love used Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to a child with cloacal exstrophy or other birth defects, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. To speak with an experienced Zoloft attorney about your case, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free consultation. You can reach us by calling 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

 

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