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A Craniopharyngioma and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Your brain is the center of your nervous system. Your brain monitors and regulates your body’s actions and reactions. It continuously receives sensory information. Your brain rapidly analyzes this data and then responds by controlling your bodily actions and functions. A craniopharyngioma is a benign (non-cancerous) kind of brain tumor that forms from embryonic tissue that makes up a part of your pituitary gland. Your pituitary gland is a small endocrine gland that is located at the base of your brain. Craniopharyngiomas do not spread to distant areas of your brain or other parts of your body. However, they grow and put pressure on areas of your brain that are nearby. Besides your pituitary gland this includes your optic nerves, optic chiasm and fluid-filled spaces in your brain. As a result of a craniopharyngioma placing pressure on your pituitary gland, the availability of the hormone vasopressin is reduced. This causes the pressure to rise inside of your cranium. This, in turn, may lead to serious problems. A craniopharyngioma usually contains hard, calcified components inside of the tumor itself. This disrupts normal skull development in the area close to the tumor. A craniopharyngioma occurs most frequently in children between the ages of 5 and 10. However, it also occurs in men and women in their 50s and 60s. Craniopharyngiomas account for about 10 to 15% of tumors that develop in and above your pituitary gland. In children, craniopharyngiomas account for 50 to 60% of these types of tumors. A craniopharyngioma causes signs and symptoms by disrupting the work of your pituitary gland, damaging your optic nerve and increasing the pressure in your brain (intracranial pressure). As a result, your signs and symptoms may include: You or a loved one may have a craniopharyngioma. A craniopharyngioma and/or complications that have resulted from this illness may be the reason why you or your loved one is disabled and cannot work. If this is your situation, you may need help. You may need financial assistance. You or your loved one may be planning on applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by a craniopharyngioma and/or complications that have resulted from this illness. You or your loved one may have already taken this step, and your application was denied by the Social Security Administration. If you or your loved one is thinking about reapplying or appealing the denial, here is something important that you really ought to think about. The simple truth is that people who have a disability lawyer working for them like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.