If you or someone you know has a genitourinary disorder such as chronic kidney disease, you may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Listing of Impairments lists impairments so severe that they may prevent an individual from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), defined as work that earns income above a certain threshold per month.
The listed disorders are only examples of common genitourinary disorders that Social Security considers severe enough to prevent an individual from performing gainful activity. If an impairment does not meet the criteria of any of the genitourinary listings, Social Security may consider whether any impairment satisfies the criteria of a listing in another body system. If a severe medically determinable impairment does not meet a listing, the SSA will determine whether the impairment medically equals a listing.
Genitourinary disorders may be associated with disorders in other body systems, and the combined effects of multiple impairments are considered when the SSA determines whether such impairments medically equal a listing.
If a claimant’s impairment does not meet or medically equal the criteria of a listing, he or she may not have the residual functional capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity. Social Security then proceeds to the fourth and, if necessary, the fifth steps of the sequential evaluation process.
Some of the genitourinary disorders evaluated by Social Security are those that result in chronic kidney disease (CKD), such as diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, chronic obstructive uropathy, chronic glomerulonephritis, and hereditary nephropathies. Nephrotic syndrome due to glomerular dysfunction is also evaluated by Social Security under these same listings.
Social Security requires proof that demonstrates the signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings of a claimant’s CKD. This proof should include treatment records, responses thereto, and clinical examination reports. Lab results which indicate serum creatinine or serum albumin levels may document a claimant’s kidney function. This body of evidence must typically cover a period of at least 90 days unless the SSA has the capability to make a decision without such evidence.
Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is an estimate of the filtering capacity of the kidneys that considers serum creatinine concentration and factors such as age, gender, and body size. Social Security takes all of this into consideration when it evaluates chronic kidney disease with impairment of kidney function.
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