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Tetralogy of Fallot

When a child’s heart does not form properly because of a birth defect, the effects can follow that infant throughout his or her life. In some cases, complications may string together to create a single defect with multiple problems. Children diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot, a single condition that becomes four different defects, can suffer from these abnormalities well into adulthood.

Powerful medications such as Depakote can contribute to the development of this birth defect. For more information regarding your options if your family has suffered because of the adverse effects of Depakote, contact the Depakote lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-761-3187.

Tetralogy Complications and Conditions

When defining tetralogy of Fallot, there are four major heart malformations that occur in the child. These major four problems include the following:

  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Overriding aorta
  • Right ventricular hypertrophy
  • Ventricular septal defect

In addition to these defects, which can cause significant problems for a developing child’s heart health, tetralogy of Fallot may lead to additional health problems. These can include:

  • Forked ribs
  • Left pulmonary artery stenosis
  • Bicuspid pulmonary valve
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular septal defect

With these additional concerns, a child who has developed tetralogy of Fallot may experience heart failure within his or her first year. As time progresses, the chances that heart failure or cardiac arrest will claim the child steadily increase. This condition can be treated, but requires substantial surgical intervention to rebuild or reshape much of the heart.

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If you have taken Depakote for seizures or a mood disorder, your child could be at increased risk for severe birth defects such as tetralogy of Fallot. To learn more about your legal rights and options as a parent, contact the Depakote attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-761-3187 today.

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