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What is neonatal lupus?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Neonatal lupus is an uncommon autoimmune disease that occurs in infants. "Autoimmune" means that your infant's body is allergic to itself. It is not known how babies acquire neonatal lupus, but scientists believe that the predisposition is inherited as a combination of a number of genes. You do not need to have any signs or symptoms of an autoimmune disease in order to pass along the trait. Some also believe that the mother passes antibodies that are related to autoimmune diseases along to the fetus. Many cases of neonatal lupus result in problems with their skin, blood and liver that resolve within a few months.

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