Topamax (generic topiramate) is a drug used to treat epileptic seizures and prevent migraines. It has been associated with several birth defects, including cleft palate and spina bifida.
Spina bifida is a very serious and rare birth defect that affects fewer than one out of every one thousand children (0.007 percent). Spina bifida occurs when the embryonic neural tube fails to close during development. The spinal column remains exposed and the membrane and spinal cord push out, forming a membrane-covered sac on the baby’s back.
Children with spina bifida may suffer from lower body paralysis, urinary or bowel incontinence, and loss of skin sensation. They are also susceptible to nervous system infections.
Many babies with spina bifida suffer from hydrocephalus, a condition caused by excessive cerebrospinal fluid. Hydrocephalus can cause pressure on the brain that can lead to brain damage. They may also suffer from incomplete development or Type 2 Arnold-Chiari malformation, a brain abnormality that affects language and physical coordination. While more than half of children born with spina bifida have normal intelligence, children with spina bifida often suffer from learning disabilities and problems with visual and physical coordination.
Children with Topamax spina bifida often require lifelong care, including physical therapy and occupational therapy. This can place a financial and emotional burden on the family.
If you took Topamax or topiramate during your pregnancy and your child is suffering from spina bifida, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your child’s care and medical expenses. To learn more about Wisconsin Topamax spina bifida lawsuits, contact the Milwaukee Topamax injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. There is no cost for the initial consultation.