Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease (ISSD) 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? Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease (ISSD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is ISSD?
ISSD is the most severe form of sialic acid storage disease, which is an inherited disorder that affects the nervous system. Mutations in the gene that produces a protein called sialin are responsible for all forms of sialic acid storage disease. Sialin is a protein that sits on the membranes of lysosomes, which are components of the cell that break down a number of materials including fats and sugars. Sialin is a vehicle that moves a molecule called free sialic acid (the byproduct of fats and sugars that have been broken down) out of the lysosomes and into other parts of the cell. In ISSD, sialin deficiencies cause free sialic acid to accumulate in the cells. This accumulation wreaks havoc on the nervous system. Babies with ISSD experience a wide range of symptoms. Some infants with ISSD are born with hydrops fetalis, a buildup of fluid in the abdomen; these individuals do not usually survive early childhood.
Some of the symptoms of ISSD include:
- Developmental delay
- Poor muscle tone
- Failure to thrive
- Coarse facial features
- Enlarged liver, spleen, and heart
- Bone deformities
- Swollen abdomen
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 ISSD
ISSD automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with ISSD, 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 ISSD, 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.