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Other Disorders Related To Chronic Kidney Disease

By Kenton Koszdin on August 30, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

Other Disorders Related To Chronic Kidney Disease

If you or someone you know has a genitourinary disorder resulting from certain conditions including, but not limited to, a kidney transplant, dialysis, or even anorexia, you may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Listing of Impairments lists impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), which is work that earns income above a certain threshold per month. In 2018, this is $1,180 for non-blind disabled applicants and $1,970 for blind applicants.

The condition of renal osteodystrophy is a bone degeneration resulting from chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD), which occurs when the kidneys are unable to maintain the necessary levels of minerals, hormones, and vitamins required for bone structure and function. “Severe bone pain” is defined as frequent or intractable (resistant to treatment) bone pain that interferes with physical activity or mental functioning.

The disorder of peripheral neuropathy results from kidneys which inadequately filter toxic substances from the blood, potentially adversely affecting nerve tissue. The resulting neuropathy may affect peripheral motor or sensory nerves, or both, resulting in pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. The peripheral neuropathy must be a severe impairment and have lasted or be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

The condition of fluid overload syndrome results from excess sodium and water retention in the body due to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) results in vascular congestion. Social Security requires a description of a physical examination that shows signs and symptoms of vascular congestion, congestive heart failure, pleural effusion (excess fluid in the chest), ascites (excess fluid in the abdomen), hypertension, fatigue, shortness of breath, or peripheral edema.

Anasarca is a generalized massive edema or swelling. Social Security requires a description of the extent of edema, including pretibial (in front of the tibia), periorbital (around the eyes), or presacral (in front of the sacrum) edema, ascites, pleural effusion, or pericardial effusion.

Anorexia is a familiar condition involving diminished appetite and weight loss which is often a frequent sign of CKD. The SSA utilizes a body mass index (BMI), which is measured by the ratio of measured weight to the square of measured height, to determine the severity of weight loss.

Examples of complications from CKD that may result in hospitalization include stroke, congestive heart failure, hypertensive crisis, or acute kidney failure requiring a short course of hemodialysis. If the CKD complication occurs during a hospitalization that was initially for a co-occurring condition, Social Security evaluates it under its rules for determining medical equivalence.

Every application for social security benefits requires the consideration of a substantial list of issues over the life of a case. It’s one matter to apply for and receive benefits, but it’s another to understand what happens after this occurs over the long road ahead. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office provides the necessary experience to represent and assist you throughout the entire process in Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation. Do you have any questions or concerns about how Social Security benefits affect your receipt of Medicare and/or Medicaid? If so, contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office to get the Social Security help you need in the San Fernando Valley! Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. Se habla espańol!

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