What are The Symptoms of Lupus in a Child?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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I need information about SLE and teenage girls or the incidence in children.

Doctor's Response

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is rare in young children. In fact, very few cases occur before the age of 5 years. Few cases occur between 5 and 10 years of age. Girls are more frequently affected than boys. 

As opposed to teenagers and adult lupus patients, who are 80-90% female, in lupus children less than 10 years of age, are only approximately 70% female. When lupus occurs in childhood, it frequently indicates a strong family susceptibility to lupus or related immune disease.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018