Disease Information for Neonatal Lupus syndrome

Clinical Manifestations
Signs & Symptoms
Annular lesions rash
Crusting Rash
Leg Ulcers in Children
Papulosquamous rash
Photosensitivity/Sunsensitive skin
Rash/scaly red
Scalp rash
Anorexia in Children
Arthralgias Polyarthralgias
Arthritis Children
Arthritis with rash/dermatitis
Joint Pains
Joint pains Arthralgias in Children
Periorbital/ocular rash
Clinical Presentation & Variations
Anemia in Children
PVT/Anemia in an Infant
Presentation/ Papular Rash Face Upper Arms
Presentation/Neonatal Rash Face Neck Scalp
Presentation/Neonate Facial periorbital rash Bradycardia
Demographics & Risk Factors
Sex & Age Groups
Population/Infant One Month old
Laboratory Tests
Abnormal Lab Findings (Non Measured)
Maternal Anti-Ro Anti-La Anti-RNP
HLA B8 (Lab)
HLA DR3 (Lab)
Abnormal Lab Findings - Decreased
Platelet count (Lab)
Abnormal Lab Findings - Increased
ALT (SGPT) (Alanine transferase) (Lab)
Anti-Sjogren ANA (Ro/La/SS-C)
Anti-SSA (Ro) Antibody
Aspartamine aminotransferase (SGOT, AST) (Lab)
Sjogren ANA Antibodies (Ro/La/SS-C)
Diagnostic Test Results
EKG/Prolonged QT interval (ECG)
Associated Diseases & Rule outs
Associated Disease & Complications
Anemia in a Baby/Young child
Cardiac arrhythmias
Congenital/Neonatal Anemia
Polyarthritis in Children
Polyarthritis syndrome/Multiple joints/weeks
Raynaud's syndrome
Sinus bradycardia
Anemic Year Old Child/Baby
Disease Mechanism & Classification
Pathophysiology/Autoantibodies Cross Placenta
Pathophysiology/Neonate HLA-B8 Maternal HLA DR3
Pathophysiology/Maternal Fetal Impact
PROCESS/INCIDENCE/Rare disease (ex)
PROCESS/Systemic illness (ex)

Neonatal Lupus; Congenital Lupus; Congenital Lupus Erythematosus ; Neonatal Lupus Erythematosus; Neonatal Lupus Syndrome; Neonatal lupus is a rare autoimmune disorder that is present at birth (congenital); Affected infants often develop a characteristic red rash or skin eruption; In addition, infants with neonatal lupus may develop liver disease, a heart condition known as congenital heart block, and/or low numbers of circulating blood platelets that assist in blood clotting functions (thrombocytopenia); The symptoms associated with neonatal lupus, with the exception of congenital heart block, usually resolve within the first several months of life; The exact cause of neonatal lupus is unknown, although researchers speculate that specific antibodies that travel from a pregnant woman to her developing fetus via the placenta play a significant role; Neonatal lupus is not the infant form of lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) although the skin rash resembles the one associated with lupus; Neonatal lupus is a separate disorder; [NORD]-------------------------------------

Neonatal Lupus ; Several lupus syndromes can occur in neonates, usually associated with maternal antibodies to Ro; Manifestations can include rash (the most frequent), congenital heart block, cardiomyopathy, hepatobiliary disease, and thrombocytopenia (the last of which is more strongly associated with maternal thrombocytopenia than anti-Ro); The rash consists of plaques of slightly raised erythema that clear spontaneously over several weeks as maternal IgG is metabolized; Congenital heart block can be fatal; in children who survive neonatal cardiac lupus, subsequent cardiomyopathy or total heart block are common; Therefore, patients with SLE who are pregnant should be screened for anti-Ro, and fetal heart rates should be closely monitored in women with anti-Ro so that early delivery and cardiac pacing can be offered if heart block occurs; Treatment of antibody-positive women with prior fetuses with congenital heart block, or evidence of cardiac distress in a current fetus, has been reported; Glucocortoids (dexamethasone or betamethasone), IV gamma globulin, or plasmapheresis have been administered in an attempt to prevent congenital heart block; It is likely that the therapies are effective in suppressing fetal myocarditis as well as fetal pleural effusions, ascites, and hydrops, but chances of reversing heart block, once established, are probably poor; Thrombocytopenia can occur in newborns, probably from maternal antiplatelet antibodies crossing the placenta; The mother may or may not have thrombocytopenia; It is short-lived in the newborn but may be associated with bleeding; Treatment of maternal thrombocytopenia with glucocorticoids is recommended; [KELLY rheumatology 2005]


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