Immune deficiency disorders are classified into two categories (1) primary
(or congenital) and (2) acquired. Congenital disorders consist of X-linked
agammaglobulinemia, thymic hypoplasia (DiGeorge syndrome), severe combined
immunodeficiency (SCID), chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), and C1 esterase
inhibitor deficiency. These primary disorders are mainly seen in children.
Sometimes though these disorders are seen in children.
Obviously, a claimant must prove to the SSA that the specific type of the
immune deficiency. This is usually accomplished by laboratory evidence
or by "other generally acceptable methods consistent" with medical
knowledge and practice.
If someone has undergone stem cell transplantation, then he or she will
be considered disabled for twelve months from the date of the transplant.
After that twelve months have elapsed, then the SSA will consider if the
claimant has any residual impariments resulting from the treatment. The
SSA specifically enumerates the following complications: (1) Graft-versus-host
disease (GHV); (2) Immunosuppressant therapy (frequent infections); and
(3) significant deterioration of other organ systems.
Finally, if a claimant suffers from medication-induced immune suppression,
and the immune suppression is not resolved when the medication is cease,
then the SSA will evaluate the frequence and severity of infections, residuals
from the organ transplant itself, and significant deterioration of other
If you believe that you are
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