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Can A Mother With Lupus Pass It On To Her Child
Not directly: A pregnant mother can not pass lupus to her unborn baby., and it is not directly inherited like other genetic diseases. ...Read more
No: There is no evidence linking the two issues. ...Read more
No: The two issues are unrelated.Get a more detailed answer ›
Fairly low: Systemic lupus erythematosus is a complex genetic disease meaning that there are many genes that may affect risk (over 80 known so far) and only a handful of these genes is likely to have a change that increase risk for lupus in any one person. An environmental component is also a major factor (often virus or other unknown triggers), In identical twins, if one has lupus most often the other doesn't. ...Read more
Type of lupus: What type of Lupus does she have. There are many types and each one has specific therapy. Also people with lupus can have multiple different types of manifestations and each of these manifestations are treated in different ways. Also different rheumatologisst may treat the same manifestation in different ways because different treatment will work. Have her bring you to her next visit. ...Read more
Not enough info: There is no one best med for lupus although Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is usually given to almost all who have systemic lupus. You give no specific information about her disease and therefore cannot receive a specific answer. You should be asking that question to the doctors who treat her. ...Read more
Have her: Have her check out the lupus foundation on online. They have great support groups and educational materials to help. ...Read more
Dr. S says I have pos ANA but can’t find reason why. My mother has lupus & pos ana. Could my ANA result simply be inherited by her (w/out disease)?
Variable!: Long acting steroids taken orally will have the greatest cumulative side effects. So, Prednisone would be better than dexamethasone, if given orally. But my approach is to give steroids by giving then IV in large doses, 3x/wk. Response is quite good in a number of studies. This allows me the latitude to use the lowest daily dose after pulsing." but ho-q is the best background maintenance drug. ...Read more
Lupus runs in my family. I'm now fourty year's old. How often should I be checked? My father's mother had it but he never got the disease?
No check: This is not a condition that requires you to be checked other than keeping up with your general health. Do not have blood tests run unless you have signs and symptoms of an illness in which case you need to be evaluated. The blood tests, especially the ana, do not diagnose lupus but can create needless worry. ...Read more
Highly unlikely: However, she should be followed by a lung expert. ...Read more
If the mother's lupus was under control prior to conception, the baby and mother will have a better outcome. If it was not, the baby and mother are apt to have complications.
Also if there is a history of renal disease prior to conception, there can be a higher of complications during the pregnancy.
In addition if the mother has diabetes and or hypertension, there is a higher risk of complicatio. ...Read more
My mother has some red dots on her face for aboat 5month, dr says she has lupus. I want to know what's side effect of lupus?
Lupus: Lupus can affect several different organ systems----see lupus foundation's website as it is a great educational resource. ...Read more
My mother in law was just diagnosed with lupus in Colombia and they haven't given her much information or a treatment plan. What should we expect.?
Depends on severity: Treatment for lupus is dependent on the activity of the disease process which may lead to organ damage if left untreated. Thus you will need to find out more about her disease activity, her blood test results etc before anyone can provide you with guidance. Do note that HealthTap is not the site for specific Rx recommendations. ...Read more
My 2 y.o. son has a rash on his cheeks and chin. This rash is constant for months but flares up at times. My mother has lupus. Is it possible for him?
My mother was being treated for lupus her insurance swithched her to a new doctor who say now that she dose not have lupus should we seek second o?
Could be a good idea: Because there is a high false positive rate for the ANA (the usual screenign test for lupus), many patients are diagnosed with lupus who don't actually have the disease. Ask the new doctor why he/she doesn't feel that your mother has lupus. Find out what tests were performed. If the new doctor is not a rheumatologist, it would be reasonable to see one for an expert second opinion. ...Read more
I take a shower and I shed so bad. Get a rash on my face is it possible I have lupus...My mother grandmother and both aunts have it.?
ANA: Recommend discussing symptoms with your primary care doctor. He/she may choose do testing for ana. If positive, you should see a rheumatologist for further evaluation. Autoimmune diseases can run in families. Making a diagnosis of lupus can be complicated and thus best made by a rheumatologist. ...Read more
My mother had lupus for 17 years. And I have a twin sister. Is lupus genetic and is there a chance that I or my sister could get lupus?
Yes: There is a genetic link but the risk is still very low. ...Read more
My mother, grandmother, and both my aunts have lupus...I have some symptoms like the rash I get on my face sometimes and other things. Coukd I have it?
Need more info: We know that immune response genes can be inherited. We can even see identical twins that have lupus - but each had different manifestations. Other can be discordant - one has and one does not have lupus. It is important to point out that this shows that environmental factors can influence whether lupus occurs, how it occurs and what we see. ...Read more
I know every woman and pregnancy is different, but ideally when is alright for a woman to get pregnant when the mother had lupus nephritis?
See below: Patients with a history of renal disease have a higher risk of complications. Also if the lupus is active at the time of conception, there will be more complications. It best to engage in preconception planning with your rheumatologist as your OB as one would want to be in the best health before conception and ideally the lupus should be clinically quiet for about a 1yr before conception is done. ...Read more
My 16 year old gets severe knee pain with swelling. It is completely random and not due to any injury or activity. Mother and sister have both been diagnosed with lupus. What should I do?
Not lupus!: Many people are diagnosed with lupus with positive anas and joint pain. Your son's presentation is quite atypical for sle. My instincts say he does not have sle, he is male and young, which in and of itself, quite rare. I suspect your son has not been seen by a doctor with rheumatology expertise. This is clearly not systemic lupus erythematosis. ...Read more
My mother has bi polar, schizoaffective disorder, lupus, chronic fatigue. I have too many questions but would very much so like to understand.
Too complex.: Sounds like your mom has many unfortunate illnesses. Your question can't be answered online. Please try to accompany your mom if possible to her doctor visits. I'm sure the docs won't mins and will likely be pleased to answer them. ...Read more
My mother is 45 y/o, she been diagnosed with lupus in the joints. Dna is (-) but her ANA is high. Doc want to give penlesta inj. Should I let her take t?
Probably: This question is impossible to answer without knowing the severity of the disease and her previous therapies. That said, Benlysta (belimumab) is a very effective therapy for many people with lupus. ...Read more
I have hoshimotos n eds. I live in pain everyday. I have trouble walking n standing up!?! mother has lupus, I was CKD at 19 for ms. It came back -.
Is it likely that I have ANA (1:640 nucleolar, 1:320 speckled) just because my mother had lupus/MCTD and ctd's ran in her family? Should I be screened for cancer (MRIs etc.) as I read case studies of ANA+ca? No symptoms of any disease, blood etc. Ok.
Not cancer: Your blood test findings and a history of autoimmune diseases in our family indicate a higher risk in developing an autoimmune disease. I am not aware of any link to cancer however. Instead of worrying yourself sick about this risk, just be aware of the probability and inform the doctors re. This finding should you develop symptoms suggestive of an autoimmune disorder. ...Read more
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