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Dr. Emily Altman
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Neonatal Lupus (Overview)

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.


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Can you tell me anything about neonatal lupus?

Can you tell me anything about neonatal lupus?

Lupus mother antibo: Neonatal lupus is lupus in the newborn. There are a variety of manifestations that can include a characteristic rash, a low platelet count, a heart rhythm conduction change all in the newborn. This is related to the transfer of the mother's lupus antibodies across the placenta and usually resolves in 6 months as the mother antibody levels drop. These child do not develop sle later. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
7 doctors shared insights

Neonatal Lupus (Overview)

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.


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What are the signs of neonatal lupus?

What are the signs of neonatal lupus?

Yes: 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. The clinical picture can include rash, heart block, low platelets. The heart occur before delivery and may need a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with rheumatologist & don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day. Discuss changes with rheum doc.
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Avoid unprotected sun exposure. Wear SPF30+ and a hat everyday.
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Get plenty of rest every day -- fatigue can trigger flares
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What is important to know about neonatal lupus?

What is important to know about neonatal lupus?

Reversible: Since it is due to igg antibodies that come across the placenta, these eventually disappear after about six months. This some of the symptoms such as rash and low platelets can resolve. Heart block is more of a permanent problem and will need long-term treatment and sometimes a permanent pacemaker for the child. ...Read more

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What are the risks of neonatal lupus?

What are the risks of neonatal lupus?

Spectrum, but: Spectrum of lupus damage, but heart block esp to be considered. ...Read more

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How severe is neonatal lupus?

Transient-permanent: Some of the transient problems can reverse but are still serious. The rash can resolve, low platelets can improve but the heartblock can be permanent. ...Read more

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What are the signs of neonatal lupus?

Yes: 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. The clinical picture can include rash, heart block, low platelets. The heart occur before delivery and may need a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about neonatal lupus?

Lupus mother antibo: Neonatal lupus is lupus in the newborn. There are a variety of manifestations that can include a characteristic rash, a low platelet count, a heart rhythm conduction change all in the newborn. This is related to the transfer of the mother's lupus antibodies across the placenta and usually resolves in 6 months as the mother antibody levels drop. These child do not develop sle later. ...Read more

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What is important to know about neonatal lupus?

Reversible: Since it is due to igg antibodies that come across the placenta, these eventually disappear after about six months. This some of the symptoms such as rash and low platelets can resolve. Heart block is more of a permanent problem and will need long-term treatment and sometimes a permanent pacemaker for the child. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more