Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma and Receiving Social Security Disability
Your body is composed of 206 bones. Your bones help provide structure and shape to your body. Your bones help protect your fragile organs, contain bone marrow that stores and produces new blood cells and help control your bodys collection of various proteins and nutrients.
Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma is a rare disease that is evidenced by the formation of nodules under your skin. It is a tumor that is found in your soft tissues or bone. This tumor usually occurs in your limbs or trunk. However, it can begin in other parts of your body, also. There are cases of angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma starting in the abdomen, muscles, kidneys and lungs.
Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma is regarded as a low-grade malignancy. This is because of its rare metastasis (spread to other areas of your body) and slow growth.
If angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma begins in your soft tissues, you may develop an enlarging painless mass. You may develop fractures if it starts in your bone
Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma occurs most often in young adults and children. 80% of the people with this disease are under the age of 30.
The exact cause of angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma is not known. Mutations (defects) occur in normal cells, but no one knows why this happens.
What is known is that research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely to have this disease than others without them. Some of these risk factors include:
Having had radiation treatment for cancer
Having a history of certain diseases like sickle cell disease, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma or Hodgkins lymphoma
Having a history of Pagets disease.
As mentioned above, you may have a broken bone or painless enlarging mass that will be the first sign or symptom that you experience with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma. Other common signs and symptoms of this disease that you may have are:
Low blood sugar
Unintentional weight loss
Nodules or a mass under your skin.
You need to take note of the fact that none of these signs and symptoms are exclusive to angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma. They may be indications of other medical disorders and conditions. Your doctor is the only one who can determine whether they are signs and symptoms of this disease.
You or a loved one may be afflicted with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma. Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other conditions that you have besides this disease may have led to you or your loved ones disability and not being able to work.