Alport Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Alport syndrome is a genetic disorder that is characterized by glomerulonephritis, end-stage kidney disease and hearing loss. Alport syndrome damages the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys, called glomeruli. These are what filter wastes from your body.
In each of the one million tiny filtering units (glomeruli) in each of your kidneys, blood is filtered across the glomerular basement membrane (GBM). In Alport syndrome, type IV collagen, one of the proteins that make up the GBM, is either abnormal or absent. Although your GBM looks normal in childhood, it deteriorates with time because it lacks the special type IV collagen that should be there.
Alport syndrome is named after Dr. Cecil A. Alport. He was the first to recognize this condition. He identified it in a British family in 1927.
Alport syndrome is also referred to by other names. It is also known as hereditary nephritis; Hematuria - nephropathy - deafness; Hemorrhagic familial nephritis; hereditary deafness and nephropathy.
Alport syndrome is usually mild, with little or no signs and symptoms in women. In men, the signs and symptoms get worse faster and are more severe. Some of the ways in which Alport syndrome may affect you are:
Blood in your urine (hematuria)
Swelling in your leg, ankle and feet
Swelling around your eyes
Abnormal urine color
Loss of hearing, which is more common in men
Decrease or loss of vision, which is more common in men
Chronic kidney failure that leads to end-stage renal (kidney) disease.
These effects produced by Alport syndrome can cause you to lose your job and become disabled. Losing your vision and hearing will make it difficult to find a job. Kidney failure that requires dialysis and/or kidney transplantation can also cause you to be disabled.
If you or a loved one has become disabled due to Alport syndrome, you may need assistance. You may need financial aid because of your disability.
Have you or your loved one applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits because of the disability caused by Alport syndrome? Were you or your loved one denied?
You or your loved one may be thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do, here is something that you need to think about.
You or your loved one may need a disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com to assist and advise you in what can be a long and trying process. The reason for this is because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.