Spina bifida is part of a class of birth defects known as neural tube defects. The neural tube is a structure that forms in during pregnancy and eventually develops into the brain, spinal cord and enclosing tissues.
In most cases, the neural tube forms during the early weeks of pregnancy and closes within four weeks after the date of conception. However, in some cases, part of the neural tube fails to completely develop or close, causing problems in the spinal cord or backbone that are known as spina bifida.
Spinal bifida can occur in three different types that vary by severity: spinal bifida occulta (mildest), meningocele (rare, but serious) and myelomeningocele (most severe). Children who are born with spina bifida may suffer from physical or neurological problems, hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain) or meningitis (infection of the tissue around the brain).
Women who use the migraine and epilepsy drug Topamax during pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a child with spina bifida. The use of Topamax while pregnant has been linked to an increased risk of serious birth defects in multiple investigative studies.
If you or a loved one used Topamax during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with side effects such as spina bifida or other birth defects, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation about your case, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.