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Myelopathy in neonatal and infantile lupus erythematosus.
  1. E M Kaye,
  2. I J Butler,
  3. S Conley


    Two children with lupus erythematosus and myelopathy were studied. The first child developed the neonatal lupus erythematosus syndrome associated with transplacentally acquired anti-Ro/SSA antibodies. The cutaneous manifestations of neonatal lupus erythematosus disappeared but a residual myelopathy was confirmed at 16 months of age. The second child developed cutaneous lupus erythematosus at 3 months of age associated with a total deficiency of the Clr component of complement. A myelopathy and mesangial glomerulonephritis developed at 2 years of age which required treatment with corticosteroids. These two children with CNS lupus erythematosus, one associated with transplacentally acquired antibodies and the other associated with a complement deficiency, may suggest an immune-mediated mechanism for the pathogenesis of myelopathy in childhood lupus erythematosus.

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