Mastocytosis Type IV 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? Mastocytosis type IV is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Mastocytosis Type IV?
Mastocytosis is the name for a group of conditions deriving from an excess of mastocytes and CD34+ mast cell precursors in the body. Mastocytes are cells that form in the bone marrow and travel through the bloodstream to other areas of the body where they perform a variety of crucial functions; they are directly involved in the cellular process of degranulation, a protective, chemical reaction that the body undergoes during allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. When too many mast cells exist in the body and undergo degranulation, they release chemicals that, in excessive doses, are harmful to the body and its organ systems. There are several forms of mastocytosis with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Type IV is the most severe. There is no cure for mastocytosis type IV; treatment is symptomatic and supportive. The prognosis for individuals diagnosed with mastocytosis type IV is poor; most do not survive more than one year beyond diagnosis.
Mastocytosis Type IV Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of mastocytosis type IV include:
- Itchy and/or flushed skin
- Skin lesions
- Dizziness and loss of consciousness due to low blood pressure
- Abdominal discomfort and GI tract issues
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ear, nose, and throat inflammation
- Ocular discomfort
- Food and drug intolerance
- Bone pain
- Cognitive impairment
- Problems with the liver, spleen, lymph nodes, or bone marrow
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 Mastocytosis Type IV
Mastocytosis type IV 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 mastocytosis type IV, 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 mastocytosis type IV, 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.