Portland children with digestive disorders may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability. In order to apply for benefits, an individual must submit certain documentation, which can include all records of endoscopy, operations, and pathology. Such records will determine the severity and duration of the child’s digestive disorder. It may also be required to submit records of any scans completed, depending on the disorder. Some scan records that may be relevant include computerized axial tomography (CAT) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radionuclide scans and x-ray imaging.
The effects of treatment and improvements in the symptoms, signs, and laboratory findings of the child’s disorder will also be taken into consideration when applying for benefits. It is also determined by the type of treatment (dosage, method, and frequency of administration) as well as the child’s response to the treatment, side effects of the treatment, and the expected duration of the treatment.
There are several disorders that make a child eligible for SSD. They include:
- Liver disorders
- biliary atresia
- chronic hepatitis
- non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
- primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC)
- primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)
- autoimmune hepatitis
- drug-induced liver disease
- Wilson’s disease
- serum alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Short bowel syndrome
These digestive disorders commonly make it difficult for a child to function properly. Each disorder must meet specific levels of severity in order to be considered disabling. If the child’s disorder does not meet the requirements under digestive disorders, it may be covered by one of the other body systems. The category of the disorder is determined during the initial application, or during a continuing disability review.
Source: Social Security Online, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security – 105.00 Digestive System – Childhood.”