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Hypospadias is a birth defect in which an infant boy’s urethra opening is located on the underside of the penis rather than at the end. This birth defect has been linked to Depakote use during pregnancy. The severity of the condition varies, depending on where the opening is located on the penis and available treatment options. Fortunately, the condition is treatable and many young boys grow up with little to no complications. However, treating hypospadias can be very expensive and time consuming.

If you took Depakote while pregnant and you gave birth to a child with hypospadias, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To find out more regarding your legal rights and options, contact the Depakote side effect attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 for a free consultation.

Hypospadias Complications

The anti-seizure medication Depakote has been linked to severe birth defects, including hypospadias. In fact, the condition is five times more common in infants born to mothers who took Depakote during pregnancy than in infants born to mothers who did not take the drug during pregnancy. With hypospadias, the urethra opening is abnormally located on the underside of the penis instead of at the end. The location of the opening is typically towards the head of the penis, but it can also be located at the middle or, more rarely, the base of the penis.

Other complications associated with hypospadias include:

  • Abnormal spraying during urination
  • Chordee, a downward curve of the penis
  • Hooded appearance due to only the top half of the penis being covered by foreskin

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