Of the many forms of birth defects linked to Zofran, an underdeveloped heart seems to be the most common and those affected by malformed or underdeveloped hearts may suffer from serious heart problems which include atrial septal defects. These defects are classified as any type of deformity that leaves a hole between the two upper valves of the heart known as the atrium.
The primary concern for those affected by an atrial septal defect is the inability of the heart to supply an adequate amount of oxygen to the rest of the body because depleted blood is allowed to mix with oxygenated blood through the hole in the atrial valves. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciates the pain and difficulty atrial septal defects can have on a child. Our Zofran birth defect attorneys are actively prosecuting these cases to recover the compensation necessary for these children to live full and active lives.
Symptoms and Complications Associated With Atrial Septal Defects
The atrium sends blood out of the heart in two different directions and serves the purpose of moving freshly oxygenated blood to the rest of the body while also sending blood that has returned to the heart through the veins back to the lungs to be resupplied. When a hole exists between these valves and blood is allowed to mix, the blood destined for the rest of the body is sent out with a lower concentration of oxygen than what the body needs to function properly. Common symptoms and complications that arise from this condition include the following.
- Heart murmur— a heart murmur is defined as an awkward sounding or irregular heartbeat and it is not always the indicator of a serious condition. It does signal the possibility of a serious condition, however, as hear murmurs often accompany atrial septal defects and other congenital heart defects.
- Palpitations or irregular heartbeat— when the body detects low oxygen levels, signals are sent to the heart to pump quickly in order to compensate. When an atrial septal defect exists, the heart strains to keep up to the demand for oxygen and must work harder than normal.
- Fatigue— low oxygen levels are related to fatigue but the extra work required of the heart also contributes to this symptom.
- Pale or blue skin— blue skin is commonly associated with circulatory problems as it is an indicator of low blood oxygen levels.
- Difficulty breathing— the lungs work harder when the body is depleted of oxygen as well and shortness of breath often accompanies atrial septal defects.
- Respiratory infections— poor circulation may result in elevated risk of developing respiratory infections, which can cause further complications due to the strain on the heart and the lungs.
- Failure to thrive— the failure to thrive is a condition that is defined by the inability of an infant to develop or be able to grow independent of assistance. Those experiencing a failure to thrive often require the assistance of medical machines to perform respiratory functions or to regulate blood flow.
Treatment of Atrial Septal Defects
The treatment options presented for children affected by atrial septal defects vary and are determined by the size of the hole in the septum as well as the child’s symptoms and conditions. In some cases, medicines may be sufficient to treat the condition but the child may require the medication for his or her entire life. In other instances, doctors may advise a procedure to close the hole using a catheter inserted through the groin, an open heart procedure to repair the heart or even a heart transplant in the most severe of cases.
The cost of treating atrial septal defects can become exorbitant quickly and the only recourse in many cases is to seek compensation from the party responsible for the child’s injuries. GlaxoSmithKline advised the use of Zofran to doctors illegally and without conducting any research into its effects on unborn children and deserves to be held accountable for its actions. No company should be allowed to place profits above the possible pain, suffering and loss of life that can result from pushing an unsafe product to market without warning consumers of its risks.
Get Legal Help Now For Your Child's Atrial Septal Defects From a Zofran Litigation Law Firm
If your child suffered a congenital birth defect because you were prescribed Zofran, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for his or her treatment and for any other expenses you’ve incurred due to his or her injuries. Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with an attorney to learn more about your rights and to explore your legal options including a possible Zofran lawsuit. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, our services will be free.