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Researchers in the United Kingdom have now developed a new algorithm that they believe will help in the early detection of serious liver disease.

The new algorithm is called CIRRUS (CIRRhosis using Standard tests) and uses primary care data to predict a person’s risk of advanced liver disease. According to the researchers, the use of this tool can help predict these risks in advance and could possibly mitigate the exacerbation of the symptoms.

There are several types of liver disease that could possibly qualify for Social Security disability benefits. A person suffering from liver cirrhosis, a serious condition in which there is permanent scarring of the liver as a result of chronic alcoholism or hepatitis, could possibly qualify for benefits.  Other conditions include autoimmune hepatitis, a condition in which the body’s immune system tries to attack the liver cells, resulting in the development of conditions like hepatitis.

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The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the human body, performing as many as 200 important bodily functions every day. Any conditions or disorders concerning the liver can lead to symptoms that make it very difficult for a person to lead a productive life.

A person who suffers from liver disease may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, although the term liver disease itself, refers to a number of different conditions that affect the liver. For instance, conditions like autoimmune hepatitis and liver cirrhosis are likely to qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits. Symptoms of liver cirrhosis could include fatigue, swelling of the feet, severe weight loss and in the final stages, liver failure. In many cases, a liver transplant may be the only option to save the patient’s life.

A simple diagnosis of a liver condition is not sufficient for you to qualify for disability benefits. In many cases, potential applicants find that their condition does not merit an automatic claims approval. In such cases, your doctor should be able to provide sufficient evidence that your condition makes it difficult for you to work for long periods of time. For instance, if your liver disease requires you to take breaks from work for several days or weeks at a stretch for your treatment, or to manage your symptoms, you might have a stronger case for benefits.

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