Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) and Social Security Disability
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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? Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is MSUD?
MSUD is an inherited metabolic order passed down through families. In MSUD, the body cannot break down certain amino acids due to a deficiency of a specific combination of enzymes called the branched-chain alpha-keto acid dehydrogenase complex; in healthy individuals, this complex breaks down branched-chain amino acids called leucine, isoleucine, and valine. In MSUD, these amino acids and their toxic byproducts accumulate in the blood and urine resulting in a number of serious symptoms, including the hallmark of the disease, urine that smells of maple syrup. There are several types of MSUD, ranging from mild to severe. However, even in the mildest form of the disease can cause brain damage. If left untreated, affected infants can suffer neurological damage and death. However, with close monitoring and a strict diet, affected individuals can live into adulthood.
Some of the symptoms of MSUD include:
- Feeding difficulties or food avoidance
- Urine that smells like maple syrup
- Pancreatic issues
- Neurological symptoms
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 MSUD
MSUD automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with MSUD, 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 MSUD, 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.