It is believed that Celexa® and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) might increase the risk of birth defects such as club foot when taken during pregnancy. If your baby is born with club foot and you took Celexa® during your pregnancy, our birth defect lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation. To schedule a free consultation with a Celexa® birth defect lawyer, please contact us today.
What is Club Foot?
Club foot is a birth defect which is technically known as congenital talipes equinovarus, or CTEV. The most common form of club foot is a congenital deformity in which the foot is turning inward at the ankle and pointing downward. The foot also tends to be smaller than normal, and many of the children have stiffer joints in the foot and underdeveloped calf muscles.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Club foot is usually diagnosed at birth. About half of all babies born with club foot will have symptoms in both feet. Treatment is always required.
Treatments for club feet include:
- Casting - a series of casts on the foot and lower leg slowly causes the orientation of the foot to change from inward and downward to normal. The casts on the baby must be changed every few weeks, and the length of treatment is determined by how severe the CTEV case is.
- Surgery - when the foot is too rigid for casting, or the cast is not working, surgery will be performed. Surgery on the baby can occur as early as 4-8 months after birth. Surgeries might include soft tissue adjustments, lengthening or moving tendons, breaking and resetting bones and fusing joints for stability.
Contact a Celexa® Birth Defect Attorney
If your baby is born with club foot and you took Celexa® or another antidepressant during your pregnancy, you might be eligible to pursue damages by filing a birth defect lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options, contact a Celexa® birth defect attorney today. We provide free case review for affected infants and their parents.