MULTIPLE BODY SYSTEM IMPAIRMENTS
Multiple body system impairments refer to medical conditions that can cause disorder in several body systems.
The medical disorders that are listed as impairments in this system are:
- Non-mosaic Down Syndrome
- Mosaic Down Syndrome
- Chromosomal disorders
- Metabolic disorders
- Perinatal infectious disease
- Dysmorphic syndrome
- Congenital Syndromes
- Other conditions that can cause interruption of the body’s normal function
Chromosomal disorders are disorders that affect the chromosomes in our body. There are 46 chromosomes in the body grouped in 23 pairs. The genes are located on the chromosomes. Now each gene is important since it has a specific function. If one chromosome is missing, certain body systems, as well as some characteristics, will be affected causing growth abnormalities. However, in order for an individual or a child to have a chromosomal abnormality, both set of parents should have a faulty gene.
The body is full of chemical reaction called metabolism. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in the food we eat, are converted into energy for the body to use. Excess nitrogen is transformed into waste products and excreted in the urine. Furthermore, chemicals are also converted into substances to be used by the cell. Metabolism is important for the body to function normally. In order for the chemicals to be processed in the body, certain enzymes are released into the body for the chemical reaction to start. If an enzyme is not produced or does not work, metabolism is going to be affected.
Any conditions that can affect the body’s normal functions and forms is called impairments that affect multiple body systems. The treatment will base on the severity of the condition. Some can be treated while others are incurable, however; certain therapies are applied to manage symptoms.
If you think you are suffering from Multiple Body System Impairments you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Multiple Body System Impairments as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).