There are many conditions which affect multiple body systems; these are listed under section 10 of the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. This is not to be confused with ‘equaling’ a listing—which is something an applicant can do who sufferers from multiple different conditions. Section 10 is divided into two sections: Non-Mosaic Down Syndrome, and all other multiple body system disorders.

Non-Mosaic Down Syndrome

The vast majority of people affected by Down Syndrome are diagnosed with the Mosaic type of Down Syndrome. Those who live with Non-Mosaic Down Syndrome experience effects to all the cells in their body. This often profoundly affects their muscle, skeletal, mental, and neurological development. They may also experience heart disease, vision and hearing impairment, or other limitations, all of which prevent them from finding meaningful work.

With sufficient documentation of this condition, it’s very likely that an applicant will be approved for disability benefits. Possible forms of evidence may include a written diagnosis, chromosomal analysis (lab report), or a written report from the person’s doctor describing the chromosomal analysis and results if the lab record cannot be found.

Other Conditions

There are many other conditions known to affect multiple body systems. If the symptoms are severe enough, and sufficient evidence is provided, an applicant can qualify for benefits. These multiple body system disabilities include (but are not limited to) the following conditions:

  • Caudal Regression Syndrome
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Mosaic/Non-Mosaic Down Syndrome
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Reye’s Syndrome
  • Trisomy X Syndrome (XXX Syndrome)

When applying for benefits with a Multiple Body Systems condition, the applicant will have to meet the standards set for the associated body system listing. This means either meeting the written qualifications detailed in the book, or providing evidence that the symptoms are severe and debilitating enough that the person cannot reasonably be expected to perform meaningful work.

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