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How severe is neonatal lupus?

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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Neonatal Lupus (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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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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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 is the definition or description of: neonatal lupus?

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. ...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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Can babies develop neonatal lupus, if mom doesn't have lupus?

Can babies develop neonatal lupus, if mom doesn't have lupus?

Probably not!: Infantile. Sle is extrely rare in infants. Starts more commonly in pubertal females. Anas are commonly transferred but this not last. There significant autoimmune problems, but sle is not one. ...Read more

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

Can babies develop neonatal lupus even if the mother does not have 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. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are some newborn babies affected by mother with lupus and others are not?

See below: 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

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On methotrexate to control lupus. I can never have children unless I stop this med, but nothing else controls awful symptoms. What are my options?

On methotrexate to control lupus. I can never have children unless I stop this med, but nothing else controls awful symptoms. What are my options?

Azathioprine or plaq: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is the safest to be on for pregnancy and in severe lupus we use azathioprine as it not as toxic to a fetus. Talk to your rheumatologist to see what you are a candidate for. ...Read more

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36 wks preg being tested for lupus. I have delivered 2 children zero issues so is it unlikely for me to have lupus? Read women w lupus have problems

Not exactly true: Pregnancy issues with lupus generally occur in lupus patients who also have disorders of blood clotting or very active, unstable disease. Most patients with controlled disease do very well during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does lupus or rhumatod arthritus cause any problems having children?

Not directly: Fertility is not impaired. The only caveat is if the individual with RA or sle has clotting issues known as antiphospholipid antibodies. The presence of these antibodies can increase the risk of miscarriages or stillbirths. Simple blood tests can detect them. ...Read more

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What is the probability of a parents passing lupus onto their children?

Possibly: When family members have autoimmune diseases, there is always a risk that other family members may develop an autoimmune disease though it may not be same exact disease.

Autoimmune diseases can't be predicted based on genetics alone---there other enviromental factors that may affect their development. ...Read more

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How hereditary (percentage who get it) if lupus between parents and children, and also among siblings?

How hereditary (percentage who get it) if lupus between parents and children, and also among siblings?

Fairly rare: The incidence of hereditary aspects of lupus are fairly rare. The overall incidence of hereditary aspects of lupus range from 5 to 12% which again suggests the causes of lupus are multiple which may include a small hereditary componet. ...Read more

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What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

What;s the best pain medicine for lupus patients?

Acetaminophen NSAIDS: For symptom relief of pain you can use Acetaminophen or NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or o Naprooxen or Cox 2 Celebrex
Along wih Antimalarials (Hydroxychlroquin) and low dose steroids ...Read more

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How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

How to tell if I have t1 diabetes, lupus and m.S at age 17?

Not likely: Why worry about 3 disorders, as you likely possess one unifying diagnosis to explain your problems. A good place to start is with an endocrinologist to deal with diabetes and the complications secondary to this. Focus on these issues, and later, if things seem peculiar look into co-morbities. Lastly, if you possess diabetes and lupus, doubt you have ms in addition. ...Read more

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Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Both my mom and aunt have been diagnosed with lupus, should I get checked for it as well? Since I know it’s hereditary

Rheumatologic issues: The specific diagnosis of lupus wouldn't run in families as much as the tendency towards rheumatologic conditions in general - that tendency runs in families - lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma. Can find all of these in family lineages. Have a good history/physical exam/blood testing coordinated by Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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My dsdna double strand reference was 3.45 and very symptomatic. S this a positive for lupus how is it scored?

Possibly: This is one of the many blood tests used to diagnose lupus. You should consult your rheumatologist to have them run a full battery of tests ...Read more

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This last 2 weeks feel so run down between p.O.T.S and lupus... I'm 27 I want to feel normal. But I don't think ill ever be "normal" again. :/?

See below: Go the lupus foundation of america's website to find a support group for lupus patients near you. I think you would find this beneficial and you would also learn how other patients cope with the disease. ...Read more

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Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Is it ok for s.l.e lupus patients to take suppliments for gym workouts such as, Karbolyn xr3, stance bcaa, gluamatic

Not sure, I don't: Think anyone knows for sure if its okay for sure. No study has been done on those supplement with SLE. I would recommend stay simple supplement with multivitamin, Vit D, B complex. At the most, protein shake for post work out. ...Read more

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Can I have Lupus if my ANA is positive, tired is 1:320 homogeneous diffuse, but ENA panel is negative. I do have some s/s?

Can I have Lupus if my ANA is positive, tired is 1:320 homogeneous diffuse, but ENA panel is negative. I do have some s/s?

ANA 1:320: Not all autoimmune disease are totally differenciated into discrete diseases and also markers may appear over time, not initially. What was your double stranded DNA? Complement levels? Rheumatoid factor? Can get false positive ANA from RA, mono, Crohns, viral infection, thyroiditis (check TPO,), meds, silicon implants and 5% healthy. F/u w/ rheumatologist ...Read more

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I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle). Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

I have vonwillebrands disease and lupus (sle). Is it to dangerouse for me to travel out of the u.S. To a disease infested, poverty sticken country?

Maybe: Not particularly worries about von willebrands disease. You are in fact immunocompromised with lupus I suspect degree of control and current medications. Will help your rheumatologist arrive at recommendations to help you make a decision regarding risk. ...Read more

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How do people treat lupus?

Meds & prevention: All people with systemic lupus should take Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) unless allergic. It helps control flares & prevent organ damage. Also nsaids help pain. Immune suppression drugs may be needed. Preventing infection (vaccines, hand-washing, etc.) and preventing heart disease are important. A rheumatologist is helpful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lupus?

A complex autoimmune: Lupus is a very complex disease where a patient's own immune system is attacking your own body. Every patient has a different presentation and you would do best discussing lupus with your doctor and an experienced rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can Lupus affect your speech?

Yes: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune connective tissue disorder with various clinical presentations. SLE affects many organ systems, including the central and peripheral nervous systems and muscles. Speech may be affected, although not a common manifestation of SLE. You may need a spinal tap to examine the fluid for evidence of white cells, protein and antibody. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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