Pearson Syndrome (Trisomy 13) 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? Pearson syndrome is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Pearson Syndrome?
Pearson syndrome is a very rare condition caused by a deletion of mitochondrial DNA and characterized by pancreatic dysfunction and sideroblastic anemia, which occurs when the bone marrow produces nucleated, red blood cell precursors (sideroblasts) rather than mature red blood cells. In Pearson syndrome, mitochondria, the cellular structures responsible for producing energy, are missing large portions of their DNA; without it, the body’s cells cannot function properly and many organ systems are negatively affected. Due to the serious metabolic and organ system complications that accompany this disease, it is often fatal in infancy. However, some individuals survive past childhood. There is no cure for the disease; treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Pearson Syndrome Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of Pearson syndrome include:
- Neurological disturbances
- Motor deficits
- Poor food absorption
- Frequent infections
- Pancreatic fibrosis
- Failure to thrive
- Insulin-dependent diabetes
- Low white blood cell count
- Short stature
- Liver and kidney disease
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 Pearson Syndrome
Pearson syndrome qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Pearson syndrome, 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 Pearson syndrome, 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.