This post discusses Social Security Disability Benefits for hydrocephalus. If you or someone you love has been assessed with hydrocephalus, it will help to know how the Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for disability benefits.

As the name implies, hydrocephalus means “water on the brain”, except the water is really cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is a clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord providing vital protection. When there is too much of this fluid, pressure is put on the brain. Found here.

Hydrocephalus can happen at any age, but is more common in infants and older adults. Found here. The symptoms from hydrocephalus vary depending on the age of the patient but poor coordination, headaches, nausea, vomiting, change in personality and sleepiness seem to be common with any age group. Found here. Hydrocephalus is frequently seen with spina bifida, but many times the cause is unknown.

Treatments for hydrocephalus include shunting, endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) or even a spinal tap. Even though pressure may be alleviated it may build up again. Shunts can become infected or clogged and need repeated replacement. Regular monitoring is necessary.

While there is not a specific listing for hydrocephalus by the Social Security Administration, you or your child’s symptoms may qualify you/them for benefits. As mentioned above, symptoms from hydrocephalus can affect several parts of the human body. In infants, hydrocephalus can affect development severely. Adults with hydrocephalus can experience severe declines in cognitive functioning and personality changes.

As with all disability claims in front of the Social Security Administration, the real question is how severe are your/your child’s symptoms. A diagnosis alone is not enough to qualify you for benefits. Your or your child’s symptoms must be severe.

If you or your child has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, the first step is to make sure you are receiving the appropriate medical care. There is support available for people with hydrocephalus and their families. One example is the Hydrocephalus Foundation.

If you fail to improve after receiving medical treatment, apply for Social Security Disability benefits for yourself or your child as soon as possible and call the Bishop Law Firm today. We want to help!