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Genitourinary Disorders

Genitourinary disorders are illnesses or conditions which occur when the urinary and genital organs are not functioning properly. Organs which can malfunction if you have a genitourinary disorder include the ureter, bladder, urethra, kidneys and the two sphincter muscles.

The most common types of genitourinary disorders include interstitial cystitis, neurogenic bladder, kidney stones, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), prolapsed uterus, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infection (UTI).

The severity and treatment for genitourinary disorders varies by condition, but left untreated, genitourinary conditions can lead to other sever conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or infertility. Other organs which can also be affected by genitourinary conditions include the cervix, uterus, and vagina in females and prostate, penis, testicles and epididymis in males.

The causes of genitourinary diseases vary, but infection, bacteria, and yeast are the most common causes. Common symptoms for genitourinary disorders include fever, flank pain, urethral or vaginal discharge, and symptoms of bladder irritation including frequency and urgency or obstruction. Patients with a compromised immune system should seek immediate treatment if they suspect they have a genitourinary disorder.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates Genitourinary conditions under 6.00 Genitourinary Impairments. Conditions listed under this section are considered very serious. Under this listing the SSA will review whether your limitations from chronic renal disease, specifically chronic glomerulonephritis, hypertensive renal vascular disease, diabetic nephropathy, chronic obstructive uropathy, and hereditary nephropathies are so severe you cannot work.

The SSA will also review the type of therapy you have received, your bodys response to the therapy, the side-effects of treatment, and the duration of needed treatment. If you have received appropriate treatment and the SSA does not believe your prognosis will keep you from working 12 continuous months, they will deny your SSDI claim.

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