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Neonatal Lupus


Synonyms of Neonatal Lupus
  • Congenital Lupus
  • Congenital Lupus Erythematosus
  • Neonatal Lupus Erythematosus
  • Neonatal Lupus Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    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.
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    Organizations related to Neonatal Lupus
    • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
      22100 Gratiot Avenue
      Eastpointe MI 48021
      Phone #: 586-776-3900
      800 #: 800-598-4668
      e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
      Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
    • AutoImmunity Community
      None
      None None None
      Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
      Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
    • Lupus Canada
      590 Alden Road
      Ontario None L3R 8N2
      Phone #: 905-513-0004
      800 #: 800-661-1468
      e-mail: lupuscanada@bellnet.ca
      Home page: http://www.lupuscanada.org
    • Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
      2000 L Street NW
      Washington DC 20036
      Phone #: 202-349-1155
      800 #: 800-558-0121
      e-mail: info@lupus.org
      Home page: http://www.lupus.org
    • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
      1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
      White Plains NY 10605
      Phone #: 914-428-7100
      800 #: 888-663-4637
      e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
      Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
    • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      31 Center Dr
      Bethesda MD 20892
      Phone #: 301-496-5133
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/



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