Marfan’s Syndrome And Disability Benefits
You can obtain a disability for Marfan’s syndrome. Marfan syndrome is a genetic connective tissue disorder that affects multiple body systems, including the skeleton, eyes, heart, blood vessels, nervous system, skin, and lungs. There is no specific laboratory test to diagnose Marfan syndrome. The doctor makes the diagnosis using your medical history, including family history and physical examination. The doctor will also evaluate the ratio of arm/leg size to the trunk size. Additionally, the doctor will do a slit lamp eye examination and order a heart test such as an echocardiogram.
The effects of Marfan syndrome can range from mild to severe. In most cases, the disorder progresses as you age. Most individuals with Marfan syndrome have abnormalities associated with the heart and blood vessels. Your heart’s mitral valve may leak, causing a heart murmur. Small leaks may not cause symptoms, but large leaks may cause shortness of breath, fatigue, and palpitations. Another effect is that the wall of the aorta may weaken and cause an aortic dilation. This aortic dilation may tear, dissect, or rupture, causing serious heart problems or sometimes sudden death. The SSA will evaluate your Marfan syndrome under the appropriate body system criteria, such as listed impairment 4.10, or consider the functional limitations imposed by your impairment.
MARFAN’S SYNDROME FOUND UNDER LISTING 4.10
Listing 4.10 defines disability due to an aneurysm. Listing 4.10 states disability can be awarded due to an aneurysm of the aorta or major branches, due to any cause (e.g., atherosclerosis, cystic medial necrosis, Marfan syndrome, trauma), demonstrated by appropriate medically acceptable imaging, with dissection not controlled by prescribed treatment (see 4.00H6).
The listing under 4.00H6 describes what the SSA means when an aneurysm is not controlled. An aneurysm (or bulge in the aorta or one of its major branches) is dissecting when the inner lining of the artery begins to separate from the arterial wall. The SSA considers the dissection not controlled when you have persistence of chest pain due to the progression of the dissection, an increase in the size of the aneurysm, or compression of one or more branches of the aorta supplying the heart, kidneys, brain, or other organs.
Obviously, Marfan syndrome in its severe form creates disabling impairments, particularly in the heart. If you have treatment and diagnosis for this impairment, please contact Cannon Disability Law. We can help you apply for and win disability benefits.