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SSA Listing 4.11-Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that affects the proper functioning of the veins in the lower extremities, leading to symptoms such as edema, varicose veins, and skin ulcers. For individuals experiencing significant limitations and impairments due to CVI, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides guidelines for evaluating disability claims. In this blog post, we will explore how the SSA evaluates chronic venous insufficiency for disability purposes, based on the criteria outlined in the Listing of Impairments.

Meeting the Criteria:

To be considered for disability benefits, an individual must meet specific requirements stated in the Listing of Impairments (Section 4.11) for chronic venous insufficiency. Let's delve into the criteria in detail:

  1. Deep Venous System Incompetency or Obstruction:

    • The SSA requires documentation of incompetency or obstruction in the deep venous system. This can be confirmed through various diagnostic methods such as Doppler ultrasound, venography, or other medically acceptable imaging techniques.

  2. Extensive Brawny Edema:

    • To meet the first criterion (A) for disability, an individual must demonstrate extensive brawny edema involving at least two-thirds of the leg between the ankle and knee, or the distal one-third of the lower extremity between the ankle and hip. Brawny edema refers to severe swelling with skin changes, such as thickening and discoloration.


Superficial Varicosities, Stasis Dermatitis, and Ulceration:

  • To meet the second criterion (B) for disability, an individual must present with superficial varicosities (enlarged and twisted veins), stasis dermatitis (inflammation of the skin due to impaired blood flow), and either recurrent ulceration or persistent ulceration that has not healed following at least three months of prescribed treatment. Ulceration refers to open sores or wounds that develop due to poor circulation and skin breakdown.

Evaluation of Impairments:

If an individual meets the above criteria, the SSA will assess the severity of the impairments resulting from chronic venous insufficiency. The evaluation focuses on the impact of the condition on daily functioning, mobility, and overall health.

Factors considered during evaluation may include:

  1. Symptoms and Limitations:

    • The SSA will assess the presence and severity of symptoms caused by CVI, such as leg pain, swelling, skin changes, and recurrent or persistent ulcers. The impact of these symptoms on an individual's ability to stand, walk, or perform daily activities will be evaluated.

  2. Medical Treatments and Interventions:

    • The SSA will review the effectiveness and management of prescribed treatments, such as compression therapy, medications, and surgical interventions. The response to treatment, recurrence of symptoms, and any associated complications will be taken into account.

  3. Functional Limitations:

    • The impact of CVI on an individual's ability to perform daily activities, work-related tasks, and maintain social functioning will be evaluated. The severity and persistence of these limitations are crucial factors in determining eligibility for disability benefits.

The evaluation of chronic venous insufficiency for disability purposes involves a comprehensive assessment of the diagnostic criteria, symptoms, limitations, and the impact on an individual's daily functioning. Meeting the specific criteria outlined in the Listing of Impairments is essential for eligibility. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency and is considering applying for disability benefits, it is advisable to consult with a knowledgeable professional or seek legal assistance to navigate the application process effectively. Remember, this blog post provides a general overview, and individual circumstances may vary.