Although there are many types of genitourinary system disorders, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses this classification primarily to refer to kidney dysfunction, called renal dysfunction. It can also refer to kidney damage that results in protein release into the urine.
Proving Renal Dysfunction
SSA recognizes that there may be many potential causes of kidney dysfunction, but that what really matters from a disability standpoint are the symptoms and effects. You can demonstrate renal dysfunction by showing one of the following:
- Chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, three times a week to remove toxins from your blood.
- Elevated creatinine levels. Creatinine is a waste product your body produces regularly that should be eliminated by your kidneys. It should be accompanied by signs of systemic damage due to poor kidney function, including:
- Bone abnormalities
- Sensory or movement disorders due to nerve damage
- Persistent fluid overload
- Anorexia or weight loss
- Kidney transplant, which leads to a year of automatic disability
If you can demonstrate one of these conditions, you will be considered disabled by the SSA.
The other category of genitourinary disorder that the SSA considers disabling is nephrotic syndrome. There are many potential causes of kidney damage that can lead to this condition, including:
- Genetic disorders
- Immune disorders
- Prescription or illegal drug use
- Multiple myeloma
- Kidney disorders
To show that you are suffering from a disabling amount of nephrotic syndrome, you must show elevated levels of liver protein plus elevated levels of protein in your urine or you must show a very high level of protein in your urine.
If you have been diagnosed with kidney dysfunction and think that it may be sufficient for disability, please contact us for a free disability benefits eligibility evaluation.
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