Dec 29, 2016

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Facial Palsy Due to Birth Trauma

Facial palsy due to birth trauma is a physical injury concerning the facial nerve of the child, which may have sustained damage during delivery. It is different from congenital facial palsy. Congenital facial palsy refers to facial palsy that has been sustained during the development of the child inside the mother.

Facial palsy due to birth trauma can be caused by two things – the improper use of forceps or pressure during child birth.

Improper use of forceps

Forceps are instruments used in medical operations like child birth to grasp objects that are too small or need to be grasped collectively. In the case of child birth, forceps are used to pull the baby from the mother, particularly the baby’s head.

Too much force in using forceps can result to injuries such as bruises in the face, and at worst, damages to the child’s facial nerve resulting into facial palsy.

Pressure during child birth

The baby can also sustain facial palsy from the pressure of delivery. If the mother’s pelvis is too small or the baby is too large, the baby’s face may sustain excessive pressure in the face. Anything that compresses the baby’s face or applies pressure to it can lead to damage.

Signs of facial palsy

If the baby’s eyes appear uneven, he may have sustained facial palsy during delivery. Other signs include a mouth that looks asymmetrical, and a side of the face that appears to make little to no movement compared to the other side.

Treatment for facial palsy

Generally, facial palsy sustained during birth can recover on its own in a few months. But there are certain instances where surgery is required to repair the damage. The key is closely monitoring the condition to know the appropriate action to take to counter facial palsy due to birth trauma.

According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., facial palsy due to birth trauma can be a medical malpractice case, if the improper use of forceps and the general negligence of the medical staff has been the known cause of the injury.

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Jun 4, 2015

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Zofran and Cleft Palate

An infant’s palate, or the roof of their mouth, is fully formed by the tenth week of pregnancy. Palates form from the edges first then fuse in the center to form a solid roof. When this fusion process is disrupted, a hole is left behind and a cleft palate is formed. Typically the cause is never found. Genetic factors are usually considered, but environmental factors can be a cause as well. Environmental factors can include smoking, drinking, and being excessively overweight during pregnancy, but increasingly is taking unsafe medication.

Zofran is a drug that can be prescribed to women who are experiencing excessive and/or violent morning sickness. It was originally designed for cancer patients who were undergoing treatments and works by suppressing the chemicals that are responsible for nausea and vomiting. Recently, however, there have been connections between the taking of Zofran during pregnancy and the development of certain birth defects, including cleft palates. Inadequate research was done prior to prescribing it to expectant mothers. The FDA has since released a warning against its use by pregnant women, but many doctors prescribe it to their patients anyway.

The direct connection between taking Zofran and the development of cleft palates is still unclear, but Zofran lawyers are looking into the issue. Cleft palates can cause undue suffering to both the child and their caretakers. Infants with cleft palates are typically unable to breast feed since the hole in their mouths can fill with milk and cause them to aspirate or milk to come out of their nose. Older children will have a difficult time speaking since the roof of your mouth is necessary for making speech sounds. Surgery is the only solution and sometimes multiple surgeries are required. The effects of taking Zofran during pregnancy are still unclear, but it is important to know the risks involved.

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Mar 16, 2015

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Take Your Pick: Blood Clots or Gallbladder Disease

Women who take oral contraceptives largely do so to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and there are many options out there. They certainly did not sign up to risk potentially serious blood clots or gallbladder disease when they decided to take Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella.

It is widely accepted that some drugs have serious adverse side effects. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, drug manufacturers are supposed to make thorough clinical trials of these drugs to find out everything they can about it before marketing it to the public. The doctors then discuss this with their patients prior to implementing treatment. If the benefits outweigh the dangers, and there are no alternatives, or the alternatives are not as effective, then it becomes an acceptable risk.

However, when the drug company fails to test their products adequately, or suppresses information about negative results, they can be held liable for any adverse side effects that may occur once a drug is already available to the public. This is what happened with the birth-control pills containing drospirenone. It included Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, all of which significantly increased their risk for forming serious blood clots (leading to deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism). Drug manufacturer Bayer failed to give adequate warning about these risks, which led to the filing of numerous personal injury lawsuits. However, blood clots is not the only problem for these women.

A 2011 study that came out in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicated that contraceptive pills containing drospirenone was associated with a higher risk (20%) of developing gallbladder disease compared to those containing levonorgestrel and other birth control pills. The conclusion was based on the results of an analysis of the medical records of 3 million women who took birth-control pills for at least 6 months. The risk increased to 30% for women who took drospirenone for a minimum of two years.

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