Immune system disorders are deficiencies or dysfunction of the immune system.
How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluate Immune System Disorders?
The SSA evaluates immune system disorders in three categories:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Immune deficiency disorders and
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
Dysfunctional immune responses cause Autoimmune Disorders. The body’s own tissues are targeted by these dysfunctional immune responses and this can result in chronic multi system impairments, sometimes known as rheumatic diseases, collagen vascular disorders, or connective tissue disorders.
Unusual or recurrent infections are characteristics of Immune Deficiency Disorders. These types of infections, many times, do not respond well to treatment and complications in other parts of the body may result. Two types of these disorders can be described as primary (congenital) or acquired. Immune deficiency disorders can also heighten the chance of having auto immune disorders and malignancies.
The increased chance of opportunistic infections, other conditions, and even cancer can be characteristics of HIV infection.
What are some categories of Immune System Disorders?
The following categories of immune system disorders are described more in depth on the SSA’s website:
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Systemic vasculitis
- Systemic sclerosis
- Polymyositis and dermatomyositis
- Undifferentiated and mixed connective tissue disease
- Immune deficiency disorders, excluding HIV infection
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
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