Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency 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? Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is OTC Deficiency?
OTC deficiency is one of a group of genetic conditions called urea cycle disorders. The urea cycle is a series of reactions that occur within liver cells; liver cells break down excess nitrogen, which is a byproduct of protein that the body uses. The process creates a compound called urea, which the kidneys excrete. In OTC deficiency, one of the enzymes (ornithine transcarbamylase) involved in the urea cycle is faulty or absent. Without this enzyme, the cycle cannot occur normally and as a result, nitrogen builds up in the blood stream in the form of ammonia. Excess levels of ammonia are toxic to the body, and especially detrimental to the nervous system. The only cure for OTC deficiency is a liver transplant.
OTC Deficiency Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of OTC deficiency include:
- Poor appetite
- Failure to thrive
- Respiratory difficulties
- Problems controlling body temperature
- Liver failure
- Skin lesions
- Brittle hair
- Developmental delay
- Intellectual disability
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 OTC Deficiency
OTC deficiency qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with OTC deficiency, 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 OTC deficiency, 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.