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Hydranencephaly Birth Defects

When a pregnant mother is prescribed Depakote, she may not realize that there are major health risks associated with the drug which might endanger her unborn child. In particular, Depakote has can affect the development of the infant’s brain and nervous system. As a result of this drug’s ability to cause brain-related birth defects, a child may not develop cerebral hemispheres, as found in a normal brain. Instead, the space in the infant’s head may fill with sacs of cerebrospinal fluid.

For more information regarding your options if your family has suffered because of Depakote use, contact the Depakote birth defect attorneys of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

The Symptoms of Hydranencephaly

Unlike many other lethal birth defects involving a child’s brain development, this defect may not seem to affect the infant until several months after birth. In a few weeks of life, the child may appear particularly irritated and illustrate unusual muscle tone for their age. Eventually, more serious symptoms can set in, showing the destructiveness of this defect. These symptoms include:

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Blindness or visual problems
  • Deafness or hearing problems
  • Paralysis
  • A distinct lack of further growth
  • Diminished intelligence
  • Breathing problems

Generally, these symptoms can be treated, but the cause remains incurable. Children suffering from this condition lack many of the important brain functions to hold on to life longer than one year. In the most extreme cases, children have survived for several years with the condition, but have maintained serious disabilities throughout their life.

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If you or someone you love has seen their family go through the pain and suffering of losing a child because of a Depakote-caused birth defect, there may be legal recourse. To discuss your options with a compassionate advocate, contact the Depakote birth defect lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

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