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Neonatal Lupus In Children
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: It will most often resolve on its own. ...Read more
Thank u docs for guiding me in getting the advice and pointing me to the correct doctors i needed to see-after my baby passed as a newborn then getting lupus diagnosed its been hard uve been helpful!
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
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?
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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