The following is only a list of examples taken from, and described in, the SSA’s “Listing of Impairments”. It is not comprehensive.

  • Musculoskeletal conditions (e.g., degenerated disc disease, radiculopathy, sciatica, osteoarthritis, limb amputation, bone fractures followed by nonunion)
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Labyrinthine-vestibular dysfunction (e.g., Meniere’s disease)
  • Respiratory disorders (e.g., chronic bronchitis and emphysema, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Cardiovascular impairment (following, e.g., chronic heart failure or ventricular dysfunction, ischemic heart disease, recurrent arrhythmia, peripheral vascular disease, heart transplant)
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurological disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy)
  • Neurocognitive disorders (e.g., Alzheimer dementia, vascular dementia, progressive brain tumor, traumatic brain injury)
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Cancers (of the, e.g., skin, soft tissue, skeleton, breast, bladder, pancreas, prostate gland, ovaries, or leukemic)
  • Immune system disorders (e.g., lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV-AIDS)

Some very specific medical disorders appear on the SSA’s list of “Compassionate Allowances Conditions”. The Compassionate Allowances program permits the SSA to reduce the evaluation waiting time when an applicant’s condition clearly meets the SSA’s statutory standard of a disabling impairment. As is the situation with the “Listing of Impairments”, the number of conditions described on the “List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions” is lengthy, and the following represents merely a handful of examples.

  • Adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Bladder cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  • Breast cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease – adult
  • Liver cancer
  • Mixed dementia
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Skin malignant melanoma with metastases

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