People who suffer from certain severe medical conditions may qualify for fast-track processing of their SSI and SSDI applications under the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program. Our Massachusetts SSDI attorneys list and describe these conditions in our article titled “Conditions That Qualify for the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances Program: Part 1.” This is a continuation of that listing.

Alpha-mannosidosis – types II and III:  A genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to break down sugar. It can cause intellectual impairment and physical disability.

Alstrom syndrome: A genetic disorder that can cause blindness, obesity, diabetes, and organ failure in adults.

Alveolar soft part sarcoma: A slow-growing and often fatal cancer that affects mostly children and young adults.

Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia: A genetic disorder characterized by a lack of platelets in the blood.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a motor neuron disease characterized by progressive weakness and muscle atrophy.

Anaplastic adrenal cancer: A type of adrenal cancer. Must have distant metastases or be inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent to qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program.

Angelman syndrome: A genetic disorder of the nervous system that is characterized by intellectual and developmental disability, seizures, jerky movements, sleep disturbances, and a happy demeanor.

Aortic atresia: A rare and often fatal congenital heart defect.

Aplastic anemia: A condition in which the bone marrow does not produce enough new blood cells. It is often the result of exposure to toxins or autoimmune disorders.

Astrocytoma – grades III and IV: A cancer of the brain.

Ataxia telangiectasia: An inherited, degenerative disease also known as Louis-Bar syndrome. It affects the brain and causes difficulties with movement and coordination. It increases the risk of cancer and infection.

Batten disease: A progressive genetic disorder that causes blindness, mental impairment, seizures, and loss of speech and motor skills.

Beta thalassemia major: An inherited blood disorder. Treatment includes regular blood transfusions.

Bilateral optic atrophy – Infantile: A form of childhood blindness.

Bilateral retinoblastoma: A cancer of the eyes.

Bladder cancer: Bladder cancer qualifies for the Compassionate Allowances program with distant metastases or if it is inoperable or unresectable.

Breast cancer: Breast cancer qualifies for the Compassionate Allowances program with distant metastases or if it is inoperable or unresectable.

Canavan disease: A degenerative disease that causes progressive damage to the nerve cells in the brain.

Carcinoma of unknown primary site: A cancer in which the primary site cannot be determined.

Caudal regression syndrome – types III and IV: Abnormal development of the lower spine.

Cerebro oculo facio skeletal (COFS) syndrome: A fatal, genetic, degenerative disease of the brain and spinal cord.

Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis: A fat storage disorder that can cause cataracts, diarrhea, and neurological deficits.

Child neuroblastoma – with distant metastases or recurrent: A tumor of the nerve tissue.

Child non-Hodgkin lymphoma – recurrent: Cancer of the lymph system, a part of the immune system.

Child T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma: Cancer of the lymph system, a part of the immune system.

Chondrosarcoma – with multimodal therapy: A form of bone cancer. The cancerous cells produce cartilage as they invade the bone.

Chronic myelogenous leukemia – blast phase: A cancer of the white blood cells.  

Congenital lymphedema: A blockage of fluid in the fetal lymph system that is often associated with congenital heart defects.

Cornelia de Lange syndrome: A developmental disorder that causes dwarfism, developmental delays, and physical impairment.

Corticobasal degeneration: A progressive disease that causes the loss of nerve cells in multiple areas of the brain.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – adult:  A degenerative, neurological disease that is always fatal.

Cri du chat syndrome: A chromosomal defect that causes severe cognitive, speech, and motor delays.

Degos disease – systemic: A rare disease of the blood vessels that is usually fatal. Also referred to as malignant atrophic papulosis.

DeSanctis Cacchione syndrome: A rare disorder in which the body cannot repair damage to the skin and eyes from UV light. It is associated with progressive mental retardation, slowed growth, and deafness.

Dravet syndrome: A severe form of epilepsy that causes behavioral and developmental delays, as well as motor disabilities.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease: Alzheimer’s disease that is diagnosed before the age of 65.

Edwards syndrome (Trisomy 18): A usually fatal chromosome disorder that causes kidney malformation and heart defects.

Eisenmenger syndrome: A congenital heart defect that can cause kidney problems, bleeding disorders, gout, and gallstones. It is characterized by clubbed fingers.

Endometrial stromal sarcoma: A form of uterine cancer.

Endomyocardial fibrosis: A heart condition also known as Davies disease.

Ependymoblastoma (child brain tumor): A rare brain cancer.

Erdheim Chester disease: A rare disease in which immune system cells accumulate in the organs.

Esophageal cancer: Cancer of the lining of the throat.

Ewing sarcoma: A rare bone cancer.

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