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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS Dr. OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
18 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What are the chances of a child inheriting lupus from their father?

What are the chances of a child inheriting lupus from their father?

No one knows: That information is not known, lupus is a genetically complex disease. But it is not likely. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe Dr. Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology
13 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Is there any way once someone is diagnosed with lupus ito find out exactly when it begin? Could it of started as a child & be dormant until yrs later?

Is there any way once someone is diagnosed with lupus ito find out exactly when it begin? Could it of started as a child & be dormant until yrs later?

No way to know: Lupus is an autoimmune disease that involves an abnormal immune system that attacks self.Although we know that changes in some genes may put you at increased risk for lupus,we can't predict when it will develop, if ever, since the immune system is hit with many potential environmental triggers throughout life.Unlikely lupus began then was dormant since lupus won't go into remission until treated ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Are there long-term effects of discoid lupus on my child's health?

Are there long-term effects of discoid lupus on my child's health?

Please clarify: Are you inquiring if your having discoid lupus will have effect on your child's health? If you have the disease, it not likely to affect the child. If the child has discoid lupus, it is, unfortunately, a life long affliction and may result in scarring of sun exposed skin. Preventing exposure to sun through proper clothing, hats, and sun screen should help. ...Read more

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy Dr. Ruiz-Healy
Pediatrics
35 years in practice
University of Anahuac School of Medicine
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What are the odds of a child getting lupus if a parent has it too?

What are the odds of a child getting lupus if a parent has it too?

Low: Per the lupus foundation, if a parent has lupus, the chance of a child having lupus is 5%. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe Dr. Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology
13 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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What is the probability of a child getting lupus if a parent has it?

What is the probability of a child getting lupus if a parent has it?

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

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Dr. Douglas Mund Dr. Mund
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Could you with lupus and an ostomy give birth to a healthy child?

Yes: It would definitely depend on the severity and activity of your lupus but most women with lupus can certainly deliver a healthy baby gaving an otomi y doesn't additional stress on you but should not affect a potential baby or birth. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What are the odds of a child getting lupus if one of his parents has it?

What are the odds of a child getting lupus if one of his parents has it?

Small chance.: Less than 5% of sle patients have a child contract lupus, but in aggrate, a variety of automuune problems, many mild, like ''hashimoto's thyroiditis, occur in apprimately 15% of the children. There is heriditability, but it is not strong, like other diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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What are symptoms of lupus in a child ?Can you have lupus without the butterfly rash?

What are symptoms of lupus in a child ?Can you have lupus without the butterfly rash?

Lupus: The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, are: extreme fatigue (tiredness), headaches, painful or swollen joints, fever, anemia (low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume), swelling (edema) in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes, pain in chest on deep breathing (pleurisy). Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose, others. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheeja Francis Dr. Francis
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
16 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What kind of life expectancy will a child diagnosed with lupus have? Also, what will be the quality of life in the mid to end stage?

What kind of life expectancy will a child diagnosed with lupus have? Also, what will be the quality of life in the mid to end stage?

Very treatable: Lupus is a very treatable disease and does not have to necessarily reduce life expectancy or quality of life. People with lupus should be followed by a rheumatologist life long. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Please tell me, could a mother who has 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

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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If you take imuran (azathioprine) for lupus will you ever be able to get pregnant with a child?

If you take imuran (azathioprine) for lupus will you ever be able to get pregnant with a child?

Yes/no: Imuran (azathioprine) can be harmful to the fetus...So it has to be stopped during early pregnancy. ...Usually the first 2-3 months(first trimester), which is the time of most risk to the baby). So it requires careful planning and timing so that you can be off this medication for a short period and then may be able to resume during the 2nd and 3rd trimester with reasonable safety. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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Dx'd w/ic as child. 20yrs later, have pelvic cramps, shooting vaginal& rectal pain, nerve shocks in abdomen.Ic symptoms too?Also have lupus & dysautonomia.

Dx'd w/ic as child. 20yrs later, have pelvic cramps, shooting vaginal& rectal pain, nerve shocks in abdomen.Ic symptoms too?Also have lupus & dysautonomia.

IC: Ic could refer to many conditions. Please spell it out so that a rheumatologist, urologist, gastroenterologist, etc. Can help answer the question. ...Read more

Dr. Mohamed Aboyoussef Dr. Aboyoussef
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
22 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Malaria as a child now diagnosed Discoid lupus erythematosus, Rash in ears and behind Started 2 weeks steroid cream why are Anti-malaria Drugs used ?

Hydroxychloroquine : There is no association between your past history of malaria and recent diagnosis of discoid lupus. Hydroxychloroquine and similar medication has the additional benefits of being anti-rheumatic medication as well as anti-malarial. Best wishes ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?

My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?

Hard to say: Random test results reported with no history or exam findings make it impossible to decide if they are important or not. The normal values vary sometimes by age and we don't know if the report used proper kid or adult standards.You should review these with whoever ordered them. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How do you have a safe baby with lupus?

How do you have a safe baby with lupus?

Control risk factors: The best way to insure an uneventful pregnancy to to be sure your lupus is under excellent control and you do not have any risk factors such as anticardiolipin antibodies present. Be under the care of a rheumatologist and do not stop any meds during pregnancy without the approval of the rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan Dr. Srinivasan
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Andhra University, Andhra Medical College
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If I have lupus will i pass it on to my baby?

If I have lupus will i pass it on to my baby?

Pregnancy and lupus: Chances of baby developing lupus are very small. Neonatal lupus is a condition in which mothers ant-ro or anti-la antibodies temporarily pass through the placenta to baby and can cause rash or rarely heart block needing a pacemaker. Chances of a childhood lupus born to a lupus mother is less than 10% in females and 2% in males and chance of autoimmune disease in their life lime is 15-20% range. ...Read more

Dr. Carolyn Thompson Dr. Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
24 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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I am pregnant and have lupus. Will my baby be healthy?

I am pregnant and have lupus. Will my baby be healthy?

Most likely yes: However, your pregnancy would be considered high risk. Depending on your ob's comfort level with managing pregnant patients with lupus, you might also see a maternal-fetal specialist. They are specifically trained to manage pregnant patients with co-existing medical problems. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Rheumy has diagnosis me and 2 others that i know with sjogrens within a months time. Dr. Refered to it each time as "baby cousin of lupus." get 2nd opinion?

See below: It is ultimately your choice whether to seek another opinion, but if 3 doctors are saying that you have sjogren's there is a chance that you might have it. ...Read more