Depakote Blamed in Medical Case on Congenital Defects


This is a medical malpractice case involving a mother taking Depakote, a drug which influences bodily chemicals, who gave birth to a child with dysmorphic features and “Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, Low Platelet count” Syndrome (HELLP). On the third day of life, the infant’s platelet count was over 70,000, and an MRI was done over a week later to assess the child’s dysmorphic features. While the physicians discovered a subacute extra axial hemorrhage in the infant’s temporal lobes, allegedly no care was rendered and the child went on to have numerous developmental delays. The consequent malpractice case needed to consult an expert to determine if this type of bleed could have been caused by the large platelet count, and if the variety of axial bleed could be responsible for the child’s developmental delays.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have experience treating patients such as the one described above?
  • 2. Have you ever lectured or published on this topic?

Expert Witness Response E-023802

I have been a practicing neonatologist for almost thirty years and have experience treating newborns such as the patient described, including those born to mothers with HELLP Syndrome.

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