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Choanal Atresia Due to Toxic Exposure on Military Bases

America’s veterans who are currently dealing with disabilities related to their time in service are entitled to benefits through the Veterans' Administration.

Unfortunately, more than often, some of these disabilities are caused by military work; however, not all VA disabilities are military-related since certain diseases and illnesses could be the result of toxic exposure.

For example, veterans and family members who served in active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune, NC, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water on the base.

Thus, the VA is responsible for providing compensation for disabilities that resulted from coming into contact with contaminated water or drinking it if you have qualifying service at Camp Lejeune.

In addition to Camp Lejeune, there are many other military bases and installations with high levels of toxic contamination, including:

  • Camp Pendleton - San Diego, California
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base - Tucson, Arizona
  • Fairchild Air Force Base - Spokane, Washington
  • Fort Belvoir - near Washington, D.C.
  • Fort Bliss - El Paso, Texas
  • Fort Bliss - Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Fort Campbell - Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Fort Carson - Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Fort Knox - Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Luke Air Force Base - Glendale, Arizona
  • MacDill Air Force Base - Tampa, Florida
  • Minot Air Force Base - Minot, North Dakota
  • Naval Air Station Jacksonville - Jacksonville, NC
  • Naval Air Station Pensacola - Pensacola, Florida
  • Naval Station Mayport - Jacksonville, Florida
  • Naval Station Norfolk - Norfolk, Virginia
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island - Parris Island, South Carolina
  • Scott Air Force Base - Belleville, Illinois
  • Washington Naval Yard - Washington, D.C.

Teratogenic exposures during pregnancy result in various congenital structural abnormalities, such as choanal atresia.

A teratogen may cause abnormal fetal development when the mother is exposed to it during pregnancy. Known teratogens include alcohol, smoking, radiation, prescription drugs, and certain toxic chemicals.

Choanal Atresia in Children Prenatally Exposed to Teratogens

Some toxic agents contain known teratogens (chemicals that can cause birth defects) like ethylene glycol, polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury and lead, and likely teratogens like benzene and toluene, as well, as an assortment of other volatile organic compounds that have not been studied for teratogenic effects.

The toxicity of these substances is indisputable, and their persistence and accumulation within the body should be a cause for great concern.

Choanal atresia is an abnormality of canalization during the development of the nasal passages, which involves occlusion of the posterior choanae in the nasal cavity by bone, soft tissue, or both and may result in either partial or complete obstruction of the posterior nasal airway.

It’s often seen in newborns with other birth defects, such as cleft palate, neural tube defects, Treacher Collins syndrome, or CHARGE syndrome. Moreover, it seems that birth defects are affecting approximately 1 in 33 newborns and are the leading cause of infant deaths in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. 

Pregnant women who were stationed together with their husbands or by themselves at military bases contaminated with the following teratogens are more likely to give birth to a baby with choanal atresia:

  • perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)
  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • vinyl chloride
  • benzene
  • ethylene glycol
  • formaldehyde
  • methylene chloride
  • tetrachloroethylene
  • toluene
  • xylene
  • 3-butadiene

We Assist Parents of Children with Choanal Atresia Caused by Toxic Exposure during Pregnancy

Toxic exposure illnesses occur when pregnant women have been continuously exposed to one of the harmful chemicals mentioned above. This mostly happens due to a business or company’s failure to properly monitor and manage hazardous waste.

A release, spill, or leak of toxic chemicals into the workplace or environment can cause toxic exposure that may lead to severe adverse health effects in humans.

If you are a woman who was stationed at a contaminated military base while you were pregnant and gave birth to a child with choanal atresia, we can help you recover the money you deserve through a compensation claim and additionally through a VA claim.

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