Infants born to mothers with anti-SSA/Ro autoantibodies: neonatal outcome and follow-up

Antonio Alberto Zuppa, Annalisa Fracchiolla, Francesco Cota, Francesca Gallini, Immacolata Savarese, Vito D'Andrea, Rita Paola Maria Luciano, Costantino Romagnoli

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Neonatal lupus syndrome is considered a model of passively acquired autoimmune disease. The first 10 newborns born to mothers with connective tissue disease and positive for anti-SSA/Ro antibodies enrolled in a follow-up program to evaluate the incidence of cardiac, hepatobiliary, hematologic, echoencephalographic, and cutaneous manifestations until 9 months of age are described in this study. No congenital heart block was observed, but only transient rhythm alterations were observed. In all, 1 infant showed typical neonatal lupus syndrome skin lesions at 3 months of age. During the neonatal period, echoencephalographic alterations were found more frequently, whereas at follow-up, hepatic and hematologic alterations were more often observed. In all, 1 baby showed persistent neutropenia. A standard program that enrolls all infants born to mothers with anti-SSA/Ro autoantibodies, who are at risk of developing neonatal lupus syndrome, should also include tests performed some time after birth, as a number of clinical manifestations might appear at a late stage.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)231-236
Numero di pagine6
RivistaClinical Pediatrics
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2008


  • Infant born
  • anti-SSA/Ro autoantibodies
  • follow-up


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