Fetal Growth Restriction

Fetal Growth Restriction as a Result of Using Zofran

We are currently accepting birth injury cases from individuals whose child suffered serious birth defects as a result of the child’s mother using Zofran during the first and/or second trimester of pregnancy. Zofran is a prescription medication used to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy.

Zofran is also routinely used “off-label” (meaning used for a condition other than the condition for which it has been approved) by pregnant women to treat morning sickness. However, no one knows whether Zofran is safe to use in this manner. The manufacturer of Zofran only tested the drug on pregnant rats and rabbits in 1985; there are no other reputable and well-researched studies showing the effects of Zofran on pregnant women and their babies. In some cases, Zofran may lead to fetal growth restriction in babies whose mothers used Zofran while pregnant.

What is Fetal Growth Restriction?

Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is also known as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). When a particular fetus is smaller than expected given the stage of pregnancy, that particular fetus is said to have FGR. Oftentimes a fetus with FGR weighs less than 90% of other fetuses at the same gestational age. Aside from their small size, newborn babies with FGR can appear thin and pale with dry, loose skin. Not only this, but the umbilical cord may appear thin and dull rather than shiny and fat.

Fetal growth restriction occurs as one of two types. In symmetrical FGR, the fetus’s entire body is proportionate but smaller than an average fetus at the same gestational age. In asymmetrical FGR, the fetus’s body is disproportionately smaller than an average fetus at the same gestational stage. In this type of FGR, the fetus’s head and brain may be of a normal size but the fetus’s body is smaller than an average fetus’s body.

Is Fetal Growth Restriction Dangerous to my Child?

Fetal growth restriction may not result in any short- or long-term injuries to your baby. However, the overall prognosis for a baby with FGR will ultimately depend on the cause and severity of the condition. If FGR is caused by one of several factors – including medications like Zofran – then the baby’s risk of experiencing serious medical problems and complications increases. All fetuses with FGR have a higher risk of premature birth and requiring delivery by Caesarian section. Babies that are very small are more likely to have developmental delays.

Speak to a Lawyer about a Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit

If you or a loved one took Zofran while pregnant and the baby was born with fetal growth restriction, contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation. We have decades of experience in helping families recover the compensation they deserve after suffering birth defects and birth injuries. We take all Zofran birth defects cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe attorney’s fees or case-related expenses unless we successfully recover damages on your and/or your child’s behalf. Call us at 1-800-883-9858.