Degos Disease (systemic) and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Systemic Degos disease is considered a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Degos Disease?
Systemic Degos disease is a rare condition in which the cells lining the body’s medium and small blood vessels swell, restrict blood flow, and cause tissue death. One of the key features of Degos disease is the skin lesions that appear on the skin at blockage sites. The blood vessels most commonly affected by Degos disease are those feeding the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and central nervous system. Treatment options are limited to antiplatelet drugs, anticoagulants, and immunosuppressants, and individuals affected with the systemic form of Degos disease usually survive 2-‐3 years. The most common cause of death from Degos disease is intestinal perforation. However, there is a less severe form of Degos disease (the benign cutaneous form) that affects only the skin; individuals with this variety can survive longer.
Degos Disease Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of systemic Degos disease include:
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Gastrointestinal complications
- Weight loss
- Inflammation of the lungs
- Inflammation of the heart
- Impaired vision
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Degos Disease
Systemic Degos disease automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with systemic Degos disease, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with systemic Degos disease, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.