Pediatric Auto-Immune Disorders

Autoimmune diseases in children are rare, and hence challenging to diagnose and treat when it occurs. Autoimmune disorders are mostly chronic and studies are still trying to find the root cause and prognosis of autoimmune disorders. Disorders that result from any unusual immune response are termed as autoimmune disorders.  Autoimmune disease is a state arising from antibody-mediated immune response abnormalities to a normal body part. If a pregnant woman has an autoimmune disorder — for example, lupus — those antibodies can be passed through the placenta to the infant, who then will have the identical antibodies for about four to six months and may have symptoms, which are then called neonatal lupus. In an autoimmune disease, a mutation causes the immune system to attack healthy cells and tissues and can affect any part of the body but mostly target connective tissues (skin, muscle and joints). Symptoms are fatigue, rashes, and in worst cases- seizures.

  • Celiac disease
  • Lupus
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Scleroderma
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Type 1 diabetes

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