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Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction Defects

Children born to women who used Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy are twice as likely to be born with ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects according to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. These heart defects occur when a ventricular outflow tract is blocked or obstructed.

Right ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects can be caused by obstructions in the right ventricle, the pulmonary valve, the peripheral artery or other nearby cardiovascular structures. Conditions that can cause right ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects include hypoplastic right heart syndrome, pulmonary valve stenosis and Tetralogy of Fallot.

Similarly, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects can be caused by obstructions in the left ventricle, the aortic valve or the cardiovascular structures surrounding it. These obstructions can be caused by a number of different conditions, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome, aortic valve stenosis and coarctation of the aorta.

Treatments for ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects vary depending on whether the blockage is confined to a small area or more spread out, and can range from simply removing the obstruction to more extensive surgical procedures. In many cases, patients will require multiple surgeries in order to fully treat the cause of their heart defects.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft during pregnancy or other antidepressants gave birth to a child suffering from ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects or other birth defects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation about Zoloft, 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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