Neonatal Lupus Erythematosus
Neonatal lupus is categorized by typical clinical features and the presence of maternal auto-antibodies. Mothers are uncommonly affected with clinical disease. The major clinical manifestations in neonates are cardiac, dermatological and hepatic, with rare instances of haemolytic anaemia and thrombocytopenia. The major morbidity and mortality result from complete congenital heart block. Dermatological manifestations occur mainly over the face and present with plaques of erythema with central atrophy, a mid-facial erythema, atrophy around the eyes and a telangiectatic variety. The long term outcome is usually excellent.
KeywordsSystemic Lupus Erythematosus Patent Ductus Arteriosus Complete Heart Block Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus Congenital Heart Block
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