Spine and Brain Defects

Birth defects to a baby’s spine and brain can be some of the most severe, putting your child’s life and wellbeing at serious risk. Commonly used SSRIs such as such as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, and Lexapro have been linked to spine and brain defects in children whose mothers took SSRIs during pregnancy.

The most severe brain and spine defect are tragic and fatal. Many of these conditions, however, are very treatable. While there can be a long road to recovery, many babies live healthy lives after successful procedures are performed.

When it comes to seeking compensation for birth defects, it doesn’t matter how minor or severe defect is. You can and should seek compensation for you and your baby’s pain and suffering, medical bills and more.


This when there is a large part of the baby’s brain and skull missing due to a defect of the neural tube. This devastating defect is fatal, and there is no known treatment.

Dandy-Walker Syndrome

This is a brain malformation involving the cerebellum, the region in the back of the brain that controls movement, and the fluid-filled spaces around it. This can lead to diminished mental capacity. There is not much that can be done to treat Dandy-Walker syndrome, but special education services and other arrangements can help.


This is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. It leads to increased pressure on the brain, which can cause brain damage. Babies with hydrocephaly may have enlarged heads. Surgery can be performed to repair this condition.

Spina Bifida

This is when the backbone and spinal canal fail to close before birth. There are several forms of spina bifida. It can be mild and present no problems, or it can be serious, pushing through the vertebrae, but the spinal cord can still develop normally. In its most severe form, the spinal canal remains along the vertebrae, leaving tissues exposed and putting the baby’s life at risk. Spina bifida can be treated, though treatment procedures depend on severity.

Call an Attorney

You should speak with an attorney if you believe that taking an SSRI lead to any of these conditions in your baby. You can reach the Michael Brady Lynch Firm at (877) 513-9517 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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