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What is the definition or description of: neonatal lupus?

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Dr. Martin Fried answered

Specializes in Nutrition

Baby Lupus: Neonatal lupus erythematosus presents in infants, most often girls, born to mothers who carry the ro/ssa antibody. Neonatal lupus can cause a decrease in red cells (anemia), white blood cells and platelets, and a skin rash. Problems can also develop in the electrical system of the baby's heart (congenital heart block). A pacemaker for the baby's heart may be needed in this setting.

Answered 5/15/2013

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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Autoimmune disease: Neonatal lupus is a passively transferred autoimmune disease. It occurs in ~1-2% of babies born to mothers with autoimmune disease, primarily systemic lupus erythematosus and sjögren’s syndrome, and antibodies to ssa/ro and/or ssb/la. Many cases occur in children of mothers who have the same autoantibodies, but who do not have symptoms of lupus or other autoimmune diseases.

Answered 12/28/2012

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