I have been reviewing medical records on a case and was having trouble linking up the various problems in my mind. I later found a note almost buried in the records that there was “Sickle Cell Disease.” Everything finally came together for me, that was the common denominator that I was looking for. Fortunately there is a specific listing for sickle cell disease. Sickle Cell Disease is classified as a hematological disorder and falls under listing 7.05
7.05 Sickle cell disease, or one of its variants. With:
A. Documented painful (thrombotic) crises occurring at least three times during the 5 months prior to adjudication; or
B. Requiring extended hospitalization (beyond emergency care) at least three times during the 12 months prior to adjudication; or
C. Chronic, severe anemia with persistence of hematocrit of 26 percent or less; or
D. Evaluate the resulting impairment under the criteria for the affected body system..
While I still may have to do separate listings for some of the individual problems, I can link it all up under 7.05. For a child, the listing would be 107.05.
The problems associated with Sickle Cell Disease are wide in number. Those with Sickle Cell are prone to chronic infections and their bodies can’t fight off infection easily. There are associated problems with high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke. Almost all patients with sickle cell anemia have painful episodes (crises), which can last from hours to days. These crises can affect the bones of the back, the long bones, and the chest. (Source.)