Continuing with our blog exploring all of the Listing of Impairments concerning
whether a person is
disabled, we will now address genitourinary impairments. These are impairments
that are caused by chronic renal (kidney) disease. These diseases or dysfunctions
are chronic glomerulonephritis, hypertensive renal vascular disease, diabetic
nephropathy, chronic obstructive uropathy, and hereditary nephropathies.
As always, the SSA will require longitudinal record (a record over a substantial
period of time), generally three months. This record must include treatment,
response to the treatment given, any hospital stays, and any laboratory
evidence that demonstrates the renal disease and its progression.
Note, if a claimant is undergoing dialysis then the claimant must present
laboratory findings of his or her renal function before he or she started
dialysis. Also, if the claimant had a renal biopsy performed, then the
SSA requires a copy of the report of the examination or a statement by
a medical professional that describes the results of the biopsy examination.