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Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Connecticut Obstetric Cholestasis Lawyers Representing Mothers Diagnosed with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)

A pregnant woman having some mild pain on her stomach.

Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as cholestasis of pregnancy or simply cholestasis, is a pregnancy complication that can have potentially serious consequences for the child. As a result, doctors must adequately warn expecting mothers of ICP’s symptoms, and they must provide appropriate care and treatment to prevent unnecessary complications.

Information about Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)

What Is Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)?

Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy is a liver condition that typically occurs in the second and third trimesters. While ICP typically goes away for the mother a few days after delivery, it can potentially lead to long-term complications for the mother’s child.

What Are the Symptoms of Cholestasis of Pregnancy?

Cholestasis of pregnancy is somewhat unique in that the symptoms for the mother tend to be fairly mild, and several of them are entirely unrelated to the effects that the mother’s condition has on the fetus. For example, some of the most common symptoms of cholestasis include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark-colored urine or light-colored stool
  • Fatigue
  • Itching, predominantly on the hands and feet
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea

However, some mothers can experience more severe symptoms as well, including jaundice and depression. Seek help from the knowledgeable Connecticut obstetric intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna today.

What Causes Cholestasis of Pregnancy?

As explained by Cedars Sinai, “[d]octors don’t know what causes cholestasis of pregnancy.” However, what doctors do know is that with ICP, bile stored in the mother’s liver can spill into her bloodstream, and this in turn can put additional strain on the baby’s liver. It is this strain that can lead to complications for the baby.

What Are the Risks to the Child When a Mother Has ICP?

Cholestasis of pregnancy increases the risk of a number of types of birth injuries, and it also increases the risk of stillbirth. Two of the primary birth injuries associated directly with ICP are: (i) hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), and (ii) meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS).

In many cases, the mother’s doctor will recommend inducing labor early in order to mitigate the risk of these complications. However, preterm birth carries its own risks, and there is a chance that inducing labor and/or performing a cesarean section (C-section) could result in harm to the fetus as well.

What Can (and Should) Doctors Do to Prevent Complications from Cholestasis?

A pregnant mother during her consultation with her OB.There are several steps that doctors can, and generally should take to prevent complications from cholestasis of pregnancy. For example, doctors should warn mothers that itching and loss of appetite are possible symptoms so that mothers can seek appropriate medical treatment. When a mother exhibits symptoms of cholestasis, her doctor should begin appropriate treatment immediately. If the risk to the fetus appears significant, her doctor should discuss the benefits and risks associated with early labor induction.

When a baby is born with complications from cholestasis of pregnancy (or is at risk for complications from cholestasis), the family’s doctor should promptly order necessary tests and provide appropriate treatment for the newborn as well.

What Financial Compensation Is Available to Families Whose Newborns have Experienced Complications Due to ICP?

Under Connecticut law, financial compensation is available to parents whose children have been diagnosed with complications from cholestasis of pregnancy as a result of medical malpractice. This includes compensation for medical expenses and other financial losses as well as compensation for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other forms of non-financial harm. If your child has been diagnosed with HIE, MAS, or any other serious complication of cholestasis, your family’s losses could be substantial, and filing a birth injury claim could be crucial to both your family’s financial stability and your child’s long-term recovery.

Our Connecticut Obstetric Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy Lawyers Helping Families Recover Just Compensation

Our Connecticut obstetric cholestasis attorneys represent parents throughout Connecticut in claims against doctors, hospitals, birth centers, and other health care providers. We are well known for our experience in birth injury cases, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients’ losses. If your child has been diagnosed with a complication of cholestasis of pregnancy, we can help you, too, and we encourage you to contact us for a free initial consultation.

Do You Have Questions about Cholestasis? Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our trusted obstetric cholestasis lawyers, please give us a call at 203-447-0000 or contact us online. With offices in Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport, and Shelton, we serve families statewide.