Thanatophoric Dysplasia Type 1 (TD1) 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? Thanatophoric dysplasia type 1 (TD1) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is TD1?
TD1 is a lethal, infantile skeletal disorder characterized by severe bone abnormalities. Hallmarks of the disease include shortened limbs and ribs, skin folds on the arms and legs, an enlarged head with abnormal facial features, a narrow chest, and underdeveloped lungs. TD1 is caused by mutations in the FGFR3 gene, which contains instructions for creating a protein crucial to the health and development of bone and brain tissue. These mutations result in an overly active FGFR3 protein, causing severe malformations in developing bones. There are two major forms of TD. TD1 is characterized by curved thigh bones and flattened vertebral bones. TD2 is characterized by straight thigh bones and a skull specific abnormality known as a cloverleaf skull. Babies born with TD are generally either stillborn or die immediately after birth from respiratory complications. In very rare cases, affected individuals have survived into early childhood and beyond with a great deal of medical intervention.
Some of the symptoms of TD1 include:
- Short limbs
- Short ribs
- Skin folds on the arms and legs
- Narrow chest
- Respiratory difficulties
- Poor muscle tone
- Enlarged head
- Skull abnormalities
- Abnormal facial features (prominent forehead, wide-set eyes)
- Deformities of the hands and fingers
- Spinal deformities
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 Infantile TD1
TD1 qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with TD1, 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 TD1, 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.