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Undescended Testes Linked to Maternal SSRI Use

Posted in SSRI Birth Defects

Undescended testicle (or testes) is a condition in which “one or both testicles fail to move into the scrotum before birth.”[1]  While most of the time, an undescended testicle will descend within the first year of the baby’s life, though if it does not, experts write that surgery ought to be considered at this point.[2]

Paxil Lawyer Celexa Lawyer SSRI Birth Defect Lawsuit SSRI Attorney - Undescended Testes[3]

The surgery performed when the testicle does not descend is procedure called orchiopexy, used to bring the testicle into the scrotum.  If the surgery is performed early, the risk for complications such as infertility may greatly be reduced.  More can be read about the treatment of undescend testes here.

Most undescended testes will not cause a child much disability if they descend on their own or with the help of corrective surgery, but it is possible that undescended testes are more likely to develop testicular cancer than are others.[4]

Recently, research has been published linking maternal use of SSRI medications during pregnancy and an increased chance of undescended testes in newborn sons.  An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine writes that mothers who used Celexa® during pregnancy raised the risk of a son being born with undescended testes by a factor of 3.1, and mothers who used Paxil® raised that risk by a factor of 2.80.[5]

Paxil® Lawsuits and Celexa® Lawsuits for Undescended Testes

Due to the fact that the warning labels on packages of Paxil® and Celexa® include no caution with regard to the increased likelihood that one’s son will be born with undescended testes as a result of Paxil® or Celexa® us, many Paxil® lawsuits and Celexa® lawsuits for undescended testes are currently being filed.  If you used an SSRI during pregnancy and your child was born with undescended testes, please do not hesitate to contact Justinian Lane for a free, no-obligation case consultation.

You can reach us at your convenience either by phone at (855) 452-5529 or by e-mail at justinian@dangerousdrugs.us.  Our team has the experience required to secure the justice you and your loved ones deserve.

Our SSRI Birth Defects Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about SSRIs and Birth Defects.


[1] “Undescended testicle: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia” MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. © 1997-2013 A.D.A.M., Inc. Available at <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000973.htm> Updated 24 January 2013, Accessed 31 January 2013

[2] Ibid.

[3]Undescended and Retracted Testes: Problems in Infants and Very Young Children: Merck Manual Home Edition” The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook © 2010-2011 Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Available at <http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/childrens_health_issues/problems_in_infants_and_very_young_children/undescended_and_retractile_testes.html> Updated February 2009, Accessed 31 January 2013

[4] Ibid.

[5] Louik, C. et al. (2007) “First-Trimester Use of Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors and the Risk of Birth Defects” The New England Journal of Medicine Vol. 365, No. 26; pp. 2675-2683