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Ventricular Septal Defect

When a child develops in the womb, there is naturally a risk that he or she will be born with a birth defect. However, after using a mood-stabilizing drug known as Depakote, mothers significantly increase the chances of their child suffering from a birth defect. In particular, this drug can increase the likelihood of developing a defect in the heart known as a ventricular septal defect, leading to serious health concerns later in life.

To discuss your claim options with an experienced legal advisor, contact the Depakote attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 today. If your family has suffered because of this medication, there may be legal action available for you.

Symptoms and Treatment of a VSD

As a child develops in the mother’s womb, there is no separation between the left and right ventricles. Eventually, the child’s heart develops a wall of tissue to keep these two portions apart. If this wall does not form properly, a hole may develop in between these two areas of the heart. The resulting symptoms of this defect may include the following:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Exceptional paleness
  • Inability to gain weight
  • Heart and respiratory infections

Treatment for a VSD depends on the severity of the defect. If the hole is small and causes no symptoms, the gap should eventually close on its own. However, in more extreme cases, the hole may need to be closed using a surgical procedure to prevent heart failure. Treatment may also come in the form of medication to control symptoms.

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For more information concerning your rights and options as a parent of a child affected by Depakote use, contact the Depakote lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-761-3187.

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