Choledochal Cysts and Receiving Social Security Disability
Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ. It is located right below your liver, on the right side of your abdomen.
Your gallbladder helps in the digestive process. It also stores and concentrates bile that has been produced in your liver.
Bile is a digestive fluid that is secreted continuously by your liver. It neutralizes acids and emulsifies fats in partially digested food.
Choledochal cysts are cysts (hollow outpouching) of your bile ducts. In infants, choledochal cysts can obstruct the bile ducts and cause retention of bile. This can result in an enlarged liver and jaundice. If not relieved, obstruction of the bile ducts can result in permanent liver damage (cirrhosis and scarring).
In adults, choledochal cysts are marked by intermittent bouts of jaundice, abdominal pain and sometimes cholangitis.
There are five common types of choledochal cysts. However, there are many combinations and variations of these five types of choledochal cysts that are occasionally encountered. They are classified according to the location and size of the cysts.
Fortunately, choledochal cysts are rare. Somewhere around 1 in 100,000 to 150,000 people is afflicted with them in the United States. Choledochal cysts can be identified at any age, but 60% of them are diagnosed before the age of 10. Women outnumber men with choledochal cysts by a ration of 4:1.
The cause of choledochal cysts is not known at this time. Researchers believe that they may result from an abnormal connection between your hepatic and pancreatic ducts. What is known is that choledochal cysts are congenital. This means that you are born with them.
The signs and symptoms of choledochal cysts may not appear for several years. In adults, possible signs and symptoms are:
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Choledochal cysts would not usually be an ailment that would enable you to receive Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits. However, you or a loved one may have complications that have resulted from these cysts and/or you may have other disabling disorders along with them that have resulted in you or your loved ones disability and being unable to work.
You may need help as a result of this. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be thinking about 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 choledochal cysts and complications that have been caused by them and/or other disabling disorders that you may have along with this ailment. 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 considering reapplying or appealing the denial, here is something important to think about. The simple truth is that people who have a disability lawyer fighting for them like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.
- Jaundice (yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes)
- Abdominal mass
- Obstruction of your bile ducts
- Retention of bile.