Digestive System and Disability

Social Security’s rules recognize a wide variety of medical conditions which, if severe enough, may qualify for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration. Over the next few days I will post the types of conditions that are recognized by the Administration as “Listings of Impairments”.

Today’s category includes disabilities involving the digestive system. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging from any cause, requiring blood transfusion (with or without hospitalization) of at least 2 units of blood per transfusion, and occurring at least three times during a consecutive 6-month-period.
2. Chronic liver disease.
3. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) documented by endoscopy, biopsy, appropriate medically acceptable imaging, or operative findings. IBD includes, but is not limited to, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
4. Short bowel syndrome (SBS), due to surgical resection of more than one-half of the small intestine, with dependence on daily parenteral nutrition via a central venous catheter.
5. Weight loss due to any digestive disorderdespite continuing treatment as prescribed, with BMI of less than 17.50 calculated on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart within a consecutive 6-month period.
6. Liver transplantation.