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SSA Listing 5.07 Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS)

Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a complex condition that can significantly impact an individual's ability to absorb nutrients and maintain proper nutrition. For those seeking Social Security Disability benefits, it is crucial to understand how the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates SBS cases. In this blog post, we will explore the specific criteria outlined in listing 5.07 for SBS and the considerations made for disability purposes.

Evaluation Criteria for Short Bowel Syndrome

The SSA utilizes listing 5.07 to assess disability claims related to short bowel syndrome. The listing specifies the following criteria for consideration:

Surgical Resection of More Than One-Half of the Small Intestine: To meet the criteria for SBS, an individual must have undergone surgical resection of more than one-half of their small intestine. This information should be well-documented through medical records or operative reports.

Dependence on Daily Parenteral Nutrition: The individual must demonstrate a dependence on daily parenteral nutrition, which involves receiving nutrients intravenously via a central venous catheter. This indicates that the person's ability to absorb nutrients orally or through enteral means is severely compromised or insufficient.

Understanding Disability Considerations

When evaluating SBS cases, it is essential to consider the broader context and requirements set forth by the SSA. For example:

  • Duration: The individual must demonstrate that they have been dependent on daily parenteral nutrition for a prolonged period, typically over a year or longer. This requirement reflects the long-term impact and chronic nature of the condition.

  • Functional Limitations: The SSA assesses an individual's functional limitations resulting from SBS, such as the ability to work, perform daily activities, and maintain a reasonably normal lifestyle. The severity of these limitations and their impact on the individual's ability to engage in substantial gainful activity are considered in the disability determination process.

  • Medical Documentation: It is crucial to provide comprehensive medical documentation that supports the diagnosis of SBS, including surgical reports, endoscopy results, and other relevant medical records. The documentation should clearly outline the extent of the small intestine resection and the ongoing need for parenteral nutrition.

  • Treatment Compliance: The SSA will assess whether the individual is adhering to prescribed treatments, including the proper administration of parenteral nutrition 

Navigating the Social Security Disability process for short bowel syndrome requires a thorough understanding of the specific evaluation criteria outlined in listing 5.07. If you or a loved one is affected by SBS and believes you meet the criteria, it is essential to gather all relevant medical evidence and work with a qualified disability advocate or attorney. They can guide you through the disability application process, help collect the necessary documentation, and increase your chances of receiving the support you need.

Remember, the evaluation process considers the severity and duration of your condition, functional limitations, medical documentation, and treatment compliance. By understanding these factors and presenting a strong disability claim, you can navigate the complexities of the SSA's disability system and work towards securing the financial assistance and resources you deserve.