There are several enumerated digestive system disorders that the SSA recognizes for
disability reasons. These disorders include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hepatic
dysfunction, short bowel syndrome, malnutrition, and inflammatory bowel
disease. A common complication associated with these disorders is obstruction
of the bowel. There can also be other side effects that occur in different
areas of the body.
As always, the key word when filing claims for Social Security Disability
. Again, this includes clinical, laboratory findings, medically acceptable
imaging studies, and reports from operations, pathology, and endoscopy
The SSA is not simply going to award a claimant his or her Social Security
Disability Benefits simply because he or she has inflammatory bowel disease.
Instead, the SSA will evaluate his or her response to treatment to determine
if there were improvements in the symptoms and signs of the digestive
disorder. Stay tuned as we will continue this thread in our next blog.