Erdheim-Chester Disease: A Case Study
Secondary diagnosis: Other diseases of the circulatory system.
The claimant was a 51-year-old woman.
Alleged disability: “erdheim-chester disease, sjorgen’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes insipidus, pituitary glands, high blood pressure.”
She reported pain and fatigue. Because of the rare complications from her illnesses caused many complication s, therefore, she had medical follow-up visits in another town every 28 days. For every visit, she had to do laboratory tests, radiological studies, and electrocardiograms (EKG) to evaluate the evolution of her condition. She stated, “This usually takes at least 3-4 days each month.” She also had medical appointments at a different facility once a month. She was hospitalized five times in the previous six years.
She indicated that the Erdheim-Chester disease already affected other organs, including the throat and esophagus; she had swallowing/choking issues that were more severe and had to eat puree food. She had additional appointments for pulmonary function tests and swallowing studies. She was “totally dependent” on her husband and others.
Education: one year of college (1996) and a legal secretary diploma (1984).
Work experience: (1996-2013) president of an …show more content…
Sjögren syndrome is also associated with rheumatic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus. The hallmark symptoms of the disorder are dry mouth and dry eyes. In addition, Sjogren syndrome may cause skin, nose, and vaginal dryness, and may affect other organs of the body including the kidneys, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and brain. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive and may include moisture replacement therapies, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and, in severe cases, corticosteroids or immunosuppressive