Multicentric Castleman Disease (CD) 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? Multicentric Castleman Disease (CD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Multicentric CD?
Castleman disease is a condition in which non-cancerous tumors develop in lymph node tissue at either a single site (unicentric) or multiple sites (multicentric). Multicentric CD not only affects multiple lymph nodes, it also affects organs containing lymphoid tissue The condition stems from a hyperproliferation of B cells, which are type of antibody-producing, white blood cells called lymphocytes. Multicentric CD, which sometimes accompanies HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses, is not considered a cancer; however, about 20% of those diagnosed with it eventually develop lymphoma. The cause of multicentric CD is unknown. The condition is life threatening, and complications can include organ failure, fatal infection, and cancer. The prognosis for those diagnosed with multicentric CD depends on the overall health of the individual and the extent of the condition. Treatments available for multicentric CD include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Multicentric CD Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of multicentric CD include:
- High fevers
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Low white blood cell count
- Night sweats
- Chronic infections
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Enlarged liver and spleen
- Nerve damage in the hands and feet
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 Multicentric CD
Multicentric CD 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 multicentric CD, 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 multicentric CD, 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.