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Can babies develop neonatal lupus even if the mother does not have lupus?

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Dr. John Goldman answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Neonatal lupus depends on antibodies transfered across the placenta to the baby. Sometimes the mother has the antibodies but does not have clinical disease. The antibodies cross the placenta and cause the lupus in the baby even if the mother never had identified disease.

Answered May 15, 2013

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