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Here are examples of physical and mental conditions of disabled Adults and Children that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers. To determine if you or your child could be found disabled by meeting the criteria set forth in SSA’s Medical Listings of Impairments, click the link for each category below:

Medical Listings of Impairments for Adults

Musculoskeletal system

Arthritis, herniated nucleus pulposus of the lumbar, thoracic, cervical spine, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis vertebral fracture, amputations, fractures, complications from hip/knee/ankle surgeries, or burns

Special senses and speech

Loss of vision, Meniere’s disease, hearing not restorable by a hearing aid or loss of speech

Respiratory system

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, pneumoconiosis, bronchiectasis, chronic persistent infections of the lung, cor pulmonale secondary to chronic pulmonary vascular hypertension, sleep apnea or lung transplant

Cardiovasular system

Congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, defribillators, recurrent arrhythmias, symptomatic congenital heart disease, heart transplant, aneurysm of aorta or major branches, chronic venous insufficiency, peripheral arterial disease

Digestive system

Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, chronic liver disease, Crohn’s Disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, weight loss due to any digestive disorder or liver transplantation

Genitourinary impairments

Chronic renal disease or nephrotic syndrome

Hematological disorders

Chronic anemia, sickle cell disease, chronic thrombocytopenia, hereditary telangiectasia, hemophilia, polycythemia vera, myelofibrosis, chronic granulocytopenia, or aplastic anemias with bone marrow or stem cell transplantation

Skin disorders

Ichthyosis, bullous disease, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, burns, hidradenitis suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders or burns

Endocrine system

Hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, neurohypophyseal insufficiency (diabetes insipidus), hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex, diabetes mellitus with neuropathy or acidosis or retinitis proliferans

Impairments that affect multiple body systems

Non-mosaic Down syndrome


Convulsive epilepsy (grand mal seizures or psychomotor), nonconvulsive epilepsy (petit mal seizures, psychomotor seizures, or focal), strokes, benign brain tumors, parkinsonian syndrome, cerebral palsy, spinal cord or nerve root lesions due to any cause, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, anterior poliomyelitis, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathies, subacute combined cord degeneration (pernicious anemia), degenerative disease not listed elsewhere, such as Huntington’s Chorea, Friedreich’s Ataxia, and spino-cerebellar degeneration, cerebral trauma, syringomyelia

Mental disorders

Organic mental disorders, mental retardation, affective disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoid and other psychotic disorders, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, or somatoform disorders

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases

Lymphoma, leukemia, macroglobulinemia or heavy chain disease, bilateral primary breast cancer, carcinoma-in-situ, brain tumors, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or chronic phase of CML, other malignancies. Allogeneic or autologous bone marrow or stem cell transplantation, graft-versus-host (GVH) disease, immunosuppressant therapy, such as frequent infections, or significant deterioration of other organ systems

Immune system disorders

Lupus, systemic vasculitis, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), Raynaud’s Phenomenon, polymyositis and dermatomyositis, undifferentiated and mixed connective tissue disease, immune deficiency disorders, HIV infection, stem cell transplantation, repeated manifestations of an immune deficiency disorder, inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjögren’s syndrome, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome

Medical Listings of Impairments for Children

Growth impairment

Height or bone age

Musculoskeletal System

Major dysfunction of a joint(s), reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight-bearing joint, disorders of the spine, amputation, fracture of the femur, tibia, pelvis, or one or more of the tarsal bones or upper arms, or soft tissue injury such as burns

Special Senses and Speech

Loss of visual acuity, contraction of the visual field in the better eye, loss of visual efficiency, or hearing impairments.

Respiratory System

Chronic pulmonary insufficiency, asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant

Cardiovascular System

Chronic heart failure, recurrent arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, heart transplant, rheumatic heart disease

Digestive System

Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging requiring blood transfusion, chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, malnutrition, liver transplantation, or need for supplemental daily enteral feeding via a gastrostomy

Genitourinary Impairments

Impairment of renal function, nephrotic syndrome, or congenital genitourinary impairments

Hematological Disorders

Hemolytic anemia, sickle cell disease, chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura of childhood, inherited coagulation disorder

Skin Disorders

Ichthyosis, bullous disease, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders, or burns

Endocrine System

Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, pseudohypoparathyroidism, diabetes insipidus, hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex, adrenal cortical insufficiency, juvenile diabetes mellitus, iatrogenic hypercorticoid state, pituitary dwarfism , adrenogenital syndrome, hypoglycemia, or gonadal dysgenesis (Turner’s syndrome)

Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems

Non-mosaic Down syndrome or catastrophic congenital abnormality or disease


Major motor seizure disorder, nonconvulsive epilepsy, benign brain tumors, motor dysfunction, cerebral palsy, meningomyelocele, or communication impairment associated with documented neurological disorder

Mental Disorders

Organic mental disorders, schizophrenic, delusional (paranoid), schizoaffective, and other psychotic disorders, mood disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, mental retardation, anxiety disorders, somatoform, eating, and tic disorders, personality disorders, autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental and emotional disorders of newborn and younger infants

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases

Malignant solid tumors, lymphoma (excluding T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma),leukemia, thyroid gland, retinoblastoma, brain tumors, neuroblastoma

Immune System Disorders

Systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), polymyositis and dermatomyositis, undifferentiated and mixed connective tissue disease, immune deficiency disorders, excluding HIV infection, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with bacterial infections or fungal infections or protozoan or helminthic infections or viral infections or malignant neoplasms or conditions of the skin or mucous membranes or neurological manifestations or growth disturbance or diarrhea or lymphoid interstitial pneumonia/pulmonary lymphoid hyperplasia or sepsis or meningitis or pneumonia or septic arthritis or endocarditis or sinusitis documented by appropriate medically acceptable imaging or miscellaneous manifestations or inflammatory arthritis or Sjögren’s syndrome.

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