Individuals suffering from Sjogren's syndrome may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Sjogren's syndrome is an immune system disorder that usually first affects the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of the eyes and mouth and often accompanies other immune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Complications of the syndrome include: dental cavities; yeast infections; vision problems; inflammation of lungs, kidneys, or liver; and peripheral neuropathy. Claimant's with severe Sjogren's syndrome can qualify for benefits under Listing 14.10, which states:
14.10 Sjogren's syndrome. As described in 14.00 D7. With:
A. Involvement of two or more organs/body systems, with:
1. One of the organs/body systems involved to at least a moderate level of severity; and
2. At least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss).
B. Repeated manifestations of Sjogren's syndrome, with at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss) and one of the following at the marked level:
1. Limitation of activities of daily living.
2. Limitation in maintaining social functioning.
3. Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace.
Even if the claimant's Sjogren's syndrome is not severe enough on its own to meet the Listing, the resulting impairments from the symptoms may on their own or in combination with other problems be enough to qualify the claimant for disability under Step 5 of the evaluation process.
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