Craniosynostosis is premature fusion of the skull bones. Some children are born with this birth defect or later develop it.
The skull is comprised of different bones that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. The areas where the bones meet are called sutures. Bones normally expand and grow. When that doesn’t happen, the condition is called craniosynostosis which leads to an abnormally shaped skull.
When there’s not enough space for the growing brain, intracranial pressure leads to loss of visual and mental impairment.
It is estimated that craniosynostosis affects 1 in 2,000 to 2,500 live births worldwide.
Some causes or risk factors for craniosynostosis
Certain medication (like amine-containing drugs) can increase the risk of craniosynostosis when taken during pregnancy; these are so called teratogenic factors. Teratogenic means a drug that disturbs the development of the fetus or embryo.
More factors may include:
- Fetal head constraint during pregnancy
- Smoking during pregnancy
- High levels of thyroid hormone
Surgery is the only effective treatment and the timing of the surgery is extremely important in the success of the treatment.
If your baby suffers from craniosynostosis because you were prescribed antidepressants during pregnancy, you may be entitled to an unsafe drug lawsuit. We recommend you contact Anapol Schwartz law firm about filing a claim for a settlement to help pay for surgeries and medical expenses and pain and suffering.