The Social Security Administration allows expedited processing of SSI and SSDI applications under its Compassionate Allowances program for people with certain severe conditions. Our Massachusetts disability benefits lawyers list and describe these conditions in our article, “Conditions That Qualify for the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances Program” Part 1 and Part 2. This is Part 3 of that listing.

Farber's disease (FD) – infantile: A genetic disease in which the fatty material in the body accumulates instead of breaking down. The disease is fatal.

Fatal familial insomnia: A rare and fatal genetic disease that causes progressively worsening insomnia. As victims lose sleep, they suffer hallucinations, delirium, and dementia.

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva: A rare disease in which muscles, tendons, and ligaments turn to bone; injuries and illnesses caused by viruses can exacerbate the condition.

Follicular dendritic cell sarcoma – metastatic or recurrent: A cancer of the lymphatic system.

Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA): A genetic disease that causes damage to the nervous system and presents in childhood or early adulthood. Within 15 to 20 years, most patients are unable to walk or care for themselves.

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) – type A – adult: A rare disease also known as Pick’s disease that causes the destruction of nerve cells in the brain, resulting in changes in speech, thinking, and behavior.

Fryns syndrome: A possible genetic disease that affects the development of many parts of the body. It is usually fatal in infancy, but some children survive until approximately age five.

Fucosidosis – type 1: An enzyme deficiency that causes sugars to accumulate in the cells. It is usually fatal in early childhood.

Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy: A genetic disease that causes the tissues in the brain, eyes, and muscles to weaken and breakdown. It affects cognitive development and social skills.

Fulminant giant cell myocarditis: A rare autoimmune disease that causes sudden inflammation in the heart and can lead to heart failure. Individuals with this condition require a heart transplant to survive.

Galactosialidosis – early and late infantile types: A rare genetic disease that causes intellectual impairment, hearing loss, short stature, and heart problems.

Gallbladder cancer: Cancer of the gallbladder. Prognosis is usually poor.

Gaucher disease – type 2: A rare, genetic disorder in which the lack of a specific enzyme causes severe neurologic impairment.

Glioblastoma multiforme (adult brain tumor): The most common and aggressive type of brain cancer.

Glioma – grades III and IV: A cancer of the brain or spine.

Glutaric acidemia – type II: A rare genetic disease that interferes with the body’s ability to break down protein and fat to produce energy. This can cause low blood sugar and acidic blood.

Head and neck cancer – inoperable, unresectable, or with distant metastasis: Aggressive cancer.

Heart transplant graft failure: A graft failure that occurs immediately after a heart transplant. It is often fatal.

Heart transplant wait list – 1A/1B: Patients who are not expected to live without a heart transplant.

Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis – familial type: A genetic disease in which the immune system produces too many cells. These cells damage the liver and spleen and attack the bone marrow.

Hepatoblastoma: A type of liver cancer.

Hepatopulmonary syndrome: Extreme shortness of breath and low blood oxygen in patients with liver disease.  

Hepatorenal syndrome: Kidney failure in a person with cirrhosis of the liver.

Histiocytosis syndromes: An increase in immune cells caused histocyctes. Symptoms include bone pain, shortness of breath, weight loss, fever, and malaise.

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome: A rare genetic condition in which children grow slowly and age quickly.

Hydranencephaly: A developmental condition in which parts of the brain are replaced with cerebrospinal fluid.

Hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome: A rare illness related to lupus. It causes a rash, inflammation of the eyes, and arthritis.

Hypophosphatasia – perinatal (lethal) and infantile onset types: A rare bone disease.

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome: A congenital heart disease in which the left part of the heart does not develop properly.

I cell disease: A rare genetic disease that causes lack of growth and severe developmental delays.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A thickening of the lungs with no known cause.

Infantile free sialic acid storage disease: An inherited disease that affects the nervous system. It is usually fatal.

Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy: An inherited neurological disorder that causes loss of muscular control, vision, and mental capacity.

Infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses: A degenerative genetic disease that causes loss of motor skills, inability to speak, and blindness.

Inflammatory breast cancer: An uncommon and aggressive form of breast cancer.

Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndrome: A genetic heart condition that can cause hearing loss and sudden death.

Junctional epidermolysis bullosa – lethal type: A condition in which the skin and membranes are very fragile and blister easily.

Juvenile onset Huntington disease: A rapidly progressing form of Huntington disease, an inherited, neurodegenerative disorder.

Kidney cancer – inoperable or unresectable: Aggressive cancer of the kidneys.

Krabbe disease – infantile: A genetic disease that affects the myelin sheath in the nervous system and causes severe degeneration of motor skills.

Kufs disease – types A and B: A disease of the nervous system that causes seizures, lack of coordination, and dementia.

Large intestine cancer – inoperable, unresectable, recurrent, or with distant metastasis: Severe cancer of the digestive system.

Late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses: A group of genetic disorders that cause a buildup of fats and proteins in the organs, leading to loss of motor skills and mental abilities.

Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) recipient: Heart failure patients who use a mechanical device to help their heart function.

Leigh’s disease: A genetic disease, also known as subacute necrotizing encephalomyelopathy, that causes a progressive loss in motor skills and mental abilities.

Leiomyosarcoma: An aggressive cancer of the involuntary or smooth muscles.

Lesch-Nyhan syndrome: A genetic disease in which a buildup of uric acid causes poor muscle control and moderate mental impairment.

Lewy body dementia: A form of dementia similar to Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease.

Lissencephaly: A severe malformation of the brain that is usually fatal early in life.

Liver cancer: Cancer of the liver.

Lowe syndrome: A genetic disorder that causes eye problems, kidney problems, and mental disability.

Lymphomatoid granulomatosis – grade III: An aggressive cancer of the lungs, skin, and central nervous system.

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