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Keywords:

  • Autoimmunity;
  • passive transfer;
  • pregnancy;
  • SLE;
  • autoimmune diseases

ABSTRACT: The general effect of pregnancy on autoimmunity remains controversial. In the majority of cases, pregnancy may have no effect on the disease, while on other occasions, pregnancy induces exacerbations that may be especially pronounced in the immediate postpartum period. The reasons for this preponderance are still unclear. Another important aspect of autoimmune diseases during pregnancy entails the passive transfer of the disease into the fetal compartment. It seems that until the pathogenesis and a better specific therapy for autoimmune diseases are clearly defined, careful clinical and immunologic observation of each mother-infant pair will be invaluable.