Iniencephaly is a catastrophic neural tube birth defect characterized by extreme retroflexion (backward bending) of the head and serious defects of the spine. Neural tube birth defects occur when the neural tube, the precursor to a child’s central nervous system, fails to close properly during fetal development, resulting in malformations of the brain and spinal cord. Although the cause of most cases of iniencephaly is unknown, researchers have established a potential connection between the birth defect and maternal use of certain pharmaceutical drugs in pregnancy. Studies indicate that babies born to women who take certain medications, namely anticonvulsant drugs, during pregnancy may have an increased risk of being born with iniencephaly. If you took a medicine while pregnant and your child was born with iniencephaly, contact a birth defect attorney to discuss your legal options.
Because of the distinctive characteristics of the birth defect, an iniencephaly diagnosis is usually obvious. Children born with iniencephaly tend to be short, with a disproportionately large head. In most cases, the head is so severely retroflexed that the face looks upward and the neck is absent. In addition, the skin of the face is connected directly to the skin of the chest, and the scalp is directly connected to the skin of the back.
Many children with iniencephaly struggle with additional complications, including anencephaly, cyclopia, hydrocephalus, cleft palate, cleft lip, heart defects, gastrointestinal malformation and diaphragmatic hernia. Overall, the outlook for children born with iniencephaly is extremely poor, and most affected babies die within a few hours of birth.
There are few birth defects that rival the severity of iniencephaly and the devastating complications associated with the neural tube defect. If your child has suffered from iniencephaly and you believe a pharmaceutical drug to be the cause, contact an experienced defective drug attorney for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your child’s injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering, which you can pursue by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or hospital responsible for your child’s care. With the help of a qualified defective drug lawyer, you can protect your legal rights and seek fair and timely reimbursement for your child’s injuries.