Question By Patient:  If I have lupus will I pass it on to my baby?

Answer By Dr. Srinivasan

Chances of a baby developing lupus are very small. Neonatal lupus is a condition in which mothers ant-Ro or anti-La antibodies temporarily pass through the placenta to the baby and can cause a rash or rarely heart block needing a pacemaker. Chances of a childhood lupus born to a lupus mother is less than 10% of females and 2% in males and chance of autoimmune disease in their life time is 15-20% range.

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