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November 25, 2021

2023 VA Disability Conditions List by Body System (The Ultimate Guide)

Last updated on January 9, 2023

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Did you know there are 834 conditions eligible for compensation in the official VA disability conditions list?

In this post, we reveal and explain the complete VA disability conditions list by body system and diagnostic code.

Don’t forget that to be eligible for VA disability compensation, you must first have:

  • An honorable discharge (can’t be dishonorable)
  • A medical diagnosis of a disability condition
  • A “nexus” for service connection either directly related to military service, secondary to another condition, or a presumptive disability, and
  • Current symptoms of the condition that negatively affect your work, life, and/or social functioning

VA Disability Conditions List by Body System and VA Diagnostic Code (Official)

In this Ultimate Guide to the VA Disability Claims List, which is comprised of 834 disability conditions, you’ll discover each eligible condition arranged by body system and diagnostic code (lowest to highest) from CFR Title 38, Part 4, the Schedule for Rating Disabilities.

Table of Contents


VA disabilities for the musculoskeletal system

What is the musculoskeletal system for VA rating purposes?

Your musculoskeletal system includes your bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissues. Your skeleton is the foundational structure for your muscles and other soft tissues. All these parts work together to support your body weight, maintain your posture, and help you move.

Below is a complete list of VA disabilities for the musculoskeletal system, listed in order by Diagnostic Code (DC) from CFR Title 38, Part 4, the Schedule for Rating Disabilities.

Acute, Subacute, or Chronic Diseases

5000      Osteomyelitis, acute, subacute, or chronic.

5001      Bones and Joints, tuberculosis, active or inactive

5002      Multi-joint arthritis (except post-traumatic and gout), 2 or more joints, as an active process.

5003      Degenerative arthritis, other than post-traumatic.

5004      Arthritis, gonorrheal.

5005      Arthritis, pneumococcic.

5006      Arthritis, typhoid.

5007      Arthritis, syphilitic.

5008      Arthritis, streptococcic.

5009      Other specified forms of arthropathy (excluding gout).

5010      Post-traumatic arthritis.

5011      Decompression illness.

5012      Bones, neoplasm, malignant, primary or secondary.

5013      Osteoporosis, residuals of.

5014      Osteomalacia, residuals of.

5015      Bones, neoplasm, benign.

5016      Osteitis deformans (Paget’s disease).

5017      Gout.

5019      Bursitis.

5021      Myositis.

5023      Heterotopic ossification.

5024      Tenosynovitis, tendinitis, tendinosis or tendinopathy (De Quervain’s Disease).

5025      Fibromyalgia (fibrositis, primary fibromyalgia syndrome).

Prosthetic Implants

5051      Shoulder replacement (prosthesis).

5052      Elbow replacement (prosthesis).

5053      Wrist replacement (prosthesis).

5054      Hip, resurfacing or replacement (prosthesis) (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing).

5055      Knee, resurfacing or replacement (prosthesis).

5056      Ankle replacement (prosthesis).

Combination of Disabilities

5104      Anatomical loss of one hand and loss of use of one foot.

5105      Anatomical loss of one foot and loss of use of one hand.

5106      Anatomical loss of both hands.

5107      Anatomical loss of both feet.

5108      Anatomical loss of one hand and one foot.

5109      Loss of use of both hands.

5110      Loss of use of both feet.

5111      Loss of use of one hand and one foot.

Amputations: Upper Extremity

Arm amputation of:       

5120      Complete amputation, upper extremity.

5121      Above insertion of deltoid.

5122      Below insertion of deltoid.

Forearm amputation of:

5123      Above insertion of pronator teres.

5124      Below insertion of pronator teres.

5125      Hand, loss of use of.

Multiple Finger Amputations

5126      Five digits of one hand.

Four digits of one hand:

5127      Thumb, index, long and ring.

5128      Thumb, index, long and little.

5129      Thumb, index, ring and little.

5130      Thumb, long, ring and little.

5131      Index, long, ring and little.

Three digits of one hand:           

5132      Thumb, index and long.

5133      Thumb, index and ring.

5134      Thumb, index and little.

5135      Thumb, long and ring.

5136      Thumb, long and little.

5137      Thumb, ring and little.

5138      Index, long and ring.

5139      Index, long and little.

5140      Index, ring and little.

5141      Long, ring and little.

Two digits of one hand:

5142      Thumb and index.

5143      Thumb and long.

5144      Thumb and ring.

5145      Thumb and little.

5146      Index and long.

5147      Index and ring.

5148      Index and little.

5149      Long and ring.

5150      Long and little.

5151      Ring and little.

Single finger:    

5152      Thumb.

5153      Index finger.

5154      Long finger.

5155      Ring finger.

5156      Little finger.

Amputations: Lower Extremity

Thigh amputation of:    

5160      Complete amputation, lower extremity.

5161      Upper third.

5162      Middle or lower thirds.

Leg amputation of:        

5163      With defective stump.

5164      Not improvable by prosthesis controlled by natural knee action.

5165      At a lower level, permitting prosthesis.

5166      Forefoot, proximal to metatarsal bones.

5167      Foot, loss of use of.

5170      Toes, all, amputation of, without metatarsal loss or transmetatarsal, amputation of, with up to half of metatarsal loss.

5171      Toe, great.

5172      Toes, other than great, with removal of metatarsal head.

5173      Toes, three or more, without metatarsal involvement.

Shoulder and Arm

5200      Scapulohumeral articulation, ankylosis.

5201      Arm, limitation of motion.

5202      Humerus, other impairment.

5203      Clavicle or scapula, impairment.

Elbow and Forearm

5205      Elbow, ankylosis.

5206      Forearm, limitation of flexion.

5207      Forearm, limitation of extension.

5208      Forearm, flexion limited.

5209      Elbow, other impairment of flail joint.

5210      Radius and ulna, nonunion of, with flail false joint.

5211      Ulna, impairment.

5212      Radius, impairment.

5213      Supination and pronation, impairment.


5214      Wrist, ankylosis.

5215      Wrist, limitation of motion.

Limitation of Motion

Multiple Digits: Unfavorable Ankylosis: 

5216      Five digits of one hand.

5217      Four digits of one hand.

5218      Three digits of one hand.

5219      Two digits of one hand.

Multiple Digits: Favorable Ankylosis:      

5220      Five digits of one hand.

5221      Four digits of one hand.

5222      Three digits of one hand.

5223      Two digits of one hand.

Ankylosis of Individual Digits:    

5224      Thumb.

5225      Index finger.

5226      Long finger.

5227      Ring or little finger.

Limitation of Motion of Individual Digits:             

5228      Thumb.

5229      Index or long finger.

5230      Ring or little finger.


5235      Vertebral fracture or dislocation.

5236      Sacroiliac injury and weakness.

5237      Lumbosacral or cervical strain.

5238      Spinal stenosis.

5239      Spondylolisthesis or segmental instability.

5240      Ankylosing spondylitis.

5241      Spinal fusion.

5242      Degenerative arthritis, degenerative disc disease other than intervertebral disc syndrome (also, see either DC 5003 or 5010).

5243      Intervertebral disc syndrome.

5244      Traumatic paralysis, complete.

Hip and Thigh

5250      Hip, ankylosis.

5251      Thigh, limitation of extension.

5252      Thigh, limitation of flexion.

5253      Thigh, impairment.

5254      Hip, flail joint.

5255      Femur, impairment.

Knee and Leg

5256      Knee, ankylosis.

5257      Knee, other impairment.

5258      Cartilage, semilunar, dislocated.

5259      Cartilage, semilunar, removal.

5260      Leg, limitation of flexion.

5261      Leg, limitation of extension.

5262      Tibia and fibula, impairment.

5263      Genu recurvatum.


5270      Ankle, ankylosis.

5271      Ankle, limited motion.

5272      Subastragalar or tarsal joint, ankylosis.

5273      Os calcis or astragalus, malunion.

5274      Astragalectomy.

Shortening of the Lower Extremity

5275      Bones, of the lower extremity

The Foot

5269      Plantar fasciitis.

5276      Flatfoot, acquired.

5277      Weak foot, bilateral.

5278      Claw foot (pes cavus), acquired.

5279      Metatarsalgia, anterior (Morton’s disease).

5280      Hallux valgus.

5281      Hallux rigidus.

5282      Hammer toe.

5283      Tarsal or metatarsal bones.

5284      Foot injuries, other.

The Skull

5296      Loss of part of The Skull            

5297      Removal of The Ribs        

5298      Removal of The Coccyx


VA disability for muscle injuries

What are muscle injuries for VA rating purposes?

For VA rating purposes, a muscle injury (strain) is an injury to a muscle or a tendon, which is the fibrous tissue that connects muscles to bones. Some injuries might just overstretch a muscle or tendon, while more severe injuries may involve partial or complete tears.        

Shoulder Girdle and Arm

5301      Group I Function: Upward rotation of scapula.

5302      Group II Function: Depression of arm.

5303      Group III Function: Elevation and abduction of arm.

5304      Group IV Function: Stabilization of shoulder.

5305      Group V Function: Elbow supination.

5306      Group VI Function: Extension of elbow.

Forearm and Hand

5307      Group VII Function: Flexion of wrist and fingers.

5308      Group VIII Function: Extension of wrist, fingers, thumb.

5309      Group IX Function: Forearm muscles.

Foot and Leg

5310      Group X Function: Movement of forefoot and toes.

5311      Group XI Function: Propulsion, plantar flexion of foot.

5312      Group XII Function: Dorsiflexion.

Pelvic Girdle and Thigh

5313      Group XIII Function: Extension of hip and flexion of knee.

5314      Group XIV Function: Extension of knee.

5315      Group XV Function: Adduction of hip.

5316      Group XVI Function: Flexion of hip.

5317      Group XVII Function: Extension of hip.

5318      Group XVIII Function: Outward rotation of thigh.

Torso and Neck

5319      Group XIX Function: Abdominal wall and lower thorax.

5320      Group XX Function: Postural support of body.

5321      Group XXI Function: Respiration.

5322      Group XXII Function: Rotary and forward movements, head.

5323      Group XXIII Function: Movements of head.


5324      Diaphragm, rupture.

5325      Muscle injury, facial muscles.

5326      Muscle hernia.

5327      Muscle, neoplasm of, malignant.

5328      Muscle, neoplasm of, benign, postoperative.

5329      Sarcoma, soft tissue.

5330      Rhabdomyolysis, residuals of.

5331      Compartment syndrome.


VA disabilities of the eye

What are eye disabilities for VA rating purposes?

Of the five main senses, eyesight is used and relied upon the most.

Your eye is the primary organ of the visual system because it takes what you see (e.g., faces, images, nature) and turns them into an electric signal, which moves from the optic nerve to the brain.

Once the signal reaches the visual cortex, it is “interpreted” by the brain so you can make sense of the environment.

Diseases of the Eye

6000      Choroidopathy, including uveitis, iritis, cyclitis, or choroiditis.

6001      Keratopathy.

6002      Scleritis.

6003      Iritis.

6004      Cyclitis.

6005      Choroiditis.

6006      Retinopathy or maculopathy not otherwise specified.

6007      Intraocular hemorrhage.

6008      Detachment of retina.

6009      Unhealed eye injury.

6010      Tuberculosis of eye.

6011      Retinal scars, atrophy, or irregularities.

6012      Angle-closure glaucoma.

6013      Open-angle glaucoma.

6014      Malignant neoplasms of the eye, orbit, and adnexa (excluding skin).

6015      Benign neoplasms of the eye, orbit, and adnexa (excluding skin) (Choroidal nevus).

6016      Nystagmus, central.

6017      Conjunctivitis, trachomatous, chronic.

6018      Conjunctivitis, other, chronic (nontrachomatous)(keratoconjunctivitis).

6019      Ptosis unilateral or bilateral.

6020      Ectropion.

6021      Entropion.

6022      Lagophthalmos.

6023      Eyebrows, loss.

6024      Eyelashes, loss.

6025      Disorders of the lacrimal apparatus (epiphora, dacrocystitis, etc.).

6026      Optic neuropathy.

6027      Cataract.

6028      Cataract, senile, and others.

6029      Aphakia.

6030      Accommodation, paralysis.

6031      Dacryocystitis.

6032      Eyelids, loss of portion.

6033      Lens, crystalline, dislocation.

6034      Pterygium.

6035      Keratoconus.

6036      Status post corneal transplant.

6040      Diabetic retinopathy.

6042      Retinal dystrophy (including retinitis pigmentosa, wet or dry macular degeneration, early-onset macular degeneration, rod and/or cone dystrophy).

6046      Post-chiasmal disorders.

Impairment of Central Visual Acuity

6061      Anatomical loss of both eyes.

6062      Blindness, both eyes, only light perception.            

6063      Anatomical loss of one eye.

6064      No more than light perception in one eye.

6065      Vision in one eye 5/200 (1.5/60).

6066      Visual acuity in one eye 10/200 (3/60) or better.

Impairment of Field Vision:        

6080      Field vision, impairment.

6081      Scotoma, unilateral (Quadrantanopsia).

Impairment of Muscle Function:

6090      Diplopia (double vision).

6091      Symblepharon.


VA disabilities of the ear

What are ear disabilities for VA rating purposes?

The Ear is one of the most unique sensory organs in the human body. While the main function of the Ear is to control hearing (frequencies, decibals, tones, etc), it also controls the body’s balance. Because of this, the VA focuses the disability rating system for conditions of the Ears primarily on hearing loss, with additional rating options to cover conditions affecting balance, infections, ringing in the ear, etc. 

6200      Chronic suppurative otitis media.

6201      Chronic nonsuppurative otitis media with effusion (serous otitis media).

6202      Otosclerosis.

6204      Peripheral vestibular disorders (Vertigo).

6205      Meniere’s syndrome (endolymphatic hydrops).

6207      Loss of auricle.

6208      Malignant neoplasm (other than skin only).

6209      Benign neoplasm (other than skin only).

6210      Chronic otitis externa.

6211      Tympanic membrane, perforation of.

6260      Tinnitus, recurrent.


6275      Smell, complete loss.

6276      Taste, complete loss.


VA disability for infectious diseases

What are Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders, and Nutritional Deficiencies for VA rating purposes?

Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders, and Nutritional Deficiencies can display a vast range of symptoms throughout the human body. Infectious Diseases can spread through various means, and include bacterial, parasitic, and viral infections whereas Immune Disorders are conditions that attack the immune system and make the body more susceptible to infection. Nutritional Deficiencies happen when the body is not getting enough nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, etc.

6300      Vibriosis (Cholera, Non-cholera).

6301      Visceral Leishmaniasis.

6302      Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease).

6304      Malaria.

6305      Lymphatic filariasis, to include elephantiasis.

6306      Bartonellosis.

6307      Plague.

6308      Relapsing fever.

6309      Rheumatic fever.

6310      Syphilis.

6311      Tuberculosis, miliary.

6312      Nontuberculosis mycobacterium infection.

6313      Avitaminosis.

6314      Beriberi.

6315      Pellagra.

6316      Brucellosis.

6317      Rickettsial, ehrlichia, and anaplasma infections.

6318      Melioidosis.

6319      Lyme disease.

6320      Parasitic diseases.

6325      Hyperinfection syndrome or disseminated strongyloidiasis.

6326      Schistosomiasis.

6329      Hemorrhagic fevers, including dengue, yellow fever, and others.

6330      Campylobacter jejuni infection.

6331      Coxiella burnetii infection (Q Fever).

6333      Nontyphoid salmonella infections.

6334      Shigella infections.

6335      West Nile virus infection.

6350      Lupus erythematosus.

6351      HIV-Related Illness.

6354      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).


VA disability for the respiratory system

What is the Respiratory System for VA rating purposes?

The respiratory system is the body’s network of organs and tissues that help you breathe. It includes your airways, lungs, and blood vessels. The muscles that power your lungs are also part of the respiratory system. All parts of the respiratory system work together to send oxygen flow to the body and clean out harmful gases such as carbon dioxide.

Nose and Throat

6502      Septum, nasal, deviation.

6504      Nose, loss of part of, or scars (or evaluate as DC 7800, scars, disfiguring, head, face, or neck).

6510      Sinusitis, pansinusitis, chronic (Rhinosinusitis).

6511      Sinusitis, ethmoid, chronic.

6512      Sinusitis, frontal, chronic.

6513      Sinusitis, maxillary, chronic.

6514      Sinusitis, sphenoid, chronic.

6515      Laryngitis, tuberculous, active or inactive.

6516      Laryngitis, chronic.

6518      Laryngectomy, total.

6519      Aphonia, complete organic.

6520      Larynx, stenosis of, including residuals of laryngeal trauma (unilateral or bilateral).

6521      Pharynx, injuries to.

6522      Allergic or vasomotor rhinitis.

6523      Bacterial rhinitis.

6524      Granulomatous rhinitis.

Trachea and Bronchi

6600      Bronchitis, chronic.

6601      Bronchiectasis.

6602      Asthma, bronchial.

6603      Emphysema, pulmonary.

6604      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Lungs and Pleura Tuberculosis

Ratings for Pulmonary Tuberculosis (Chronic) Entitled on August 19, 1968:             

6701      Active, far advanced.

6702      Active, moderately advanced.

6703      Active, minimal.

6704      Active, advancement unspecified.

6721      Inactive, far advanced.

6722      Inactive, moderately advanced.

6723      Inactive, minimal.

6724      Inactive, advancement unspecified.

Ratings for Pulmonary Tuberculosis Initially Evaluated After August 19, 1968:   

6730      Chronic, active.

6731      Chronic, inactive.

6732      Pleurisy, active or inactive.

Nontuberculous Diseases

6817      Pulmonary Vascular Disease.

6819      Neoplasms, malignant, any specified part of respiratory system exclusive of skin growths.

6820      Neoplasms, benign, any specified part of respiratory system. Evaluate using an appropriate respiratory analogy.

Bacterial Infections of the Lung 

6822      Actinomycosis.

6823      Nocardiosis.

6824      Chronic lung abscess.

Interstitial Lung Disease

6825      Fibrosis of lung, diffuse interstitial.

6826      Desquamative interstitial pneumonitis.

6827      Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.

6828      Eosinophilic granuloma.

6829      Drug-induced, pneumonitis & fibrosis.

6830      Radiation-induced, pneumonitis & fibrosis.

6831      Hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

6832      Pneumoconiosis.

6833      Asbestosis.

Mycotic Lung Disease

6834      Histoplasmosis.

6835      Coccidioidomycosis.

6836      Blastomycosis.

6837      Cryptococcosis.

6838      Aspergillosis.

6839      Mucormycosis.

Restrictive Lung Disease

6840      Diaphragm paralysis or paresis.

6841      Spinal cord injury with respiratory insufficiency.

6842      Kyphoscoliosis, pectus excavatum/carinatum.

6843      Traumatic chest wall defect, pneumothorax, hernia, etc.

6844      Post-surgical residual (lobectomy, pneumonectomy, etc.).

6845      Chronic pleural effusion or fibrosis.

6846      Sarcoidosis.

6847      Sleep Apnea Syndromes.


VA disability for the cardiovascular system

What is the Cardiovascular System for VA rating purposes?

The cardiovascular system includes the heart, blood vessels, and blood. Its main function is to move nutrients and oxygenated blood to all parts of the human body and to carry deoxygenated blood back to the lungs.

Diseases of the Heart

7000      Valvular heart disease (including rheumatic heart disease).

7001      Endocarditis.

7002      Pericarditis.

7003      Pericardial adhesions.

7004      Syphilitic heart disease.

7005      Arteriosclerotic heart disease (coronary artery disease, Atherosclerotic heart disease, Ischemic heart disease).

7006      Myocardial infarction.

7007      Hypertensive heart disease.

7008      Hyperthyroid heart disease.

7009      Bradycardia (Bradyarrhythmia), symptomatic, requiring permanent pacemaker implantation.

7010      Supraventricular tachycardia.

7011      Ventricular arrhythmias (sustained).

7015      Atrioventricular block.

7016      Heart valve replacement (prosthesis).

7017      Coronary bypass surgery.

7018      Implantable cardiac pacemakers.

7019      Cardiac transplantation.

7020      Cardiomyopathy.

Diseases of the Arteries and Veins

7101      Hypertensive vascular disease (hypertension and isolated systolic hypertension).

7110      Aortic aneurysm: ascending, thoracic, abdominal.

7111      Aneurysm, large artery.

7112      Aneurysm, small artery.

7113      Arteriovenous fistula, traumatic.

7114      Peripheral arterial disease (Peripheral vascular disease).

7115      Thrombo-angiitis obliterans (Buerger’s Disease).

7117      Raynaud’s syndrome (secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon, secondary Raynaud’s).

7118      Angioneurotic edema.

7119      Erythromelalgia.

7120      Varicose veins.

7121      Post-phlebitic syndrome.

7122      Cold injury residuals.

7123      Soft tissue sarcoma (of vascular origin).

7124      Raynaud’s disease (primary Raynaud’s).


VA disabilities of the digestive system

What is the Digestive System for VA rating purposes?

The digestive system is made up of the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. The digestive systme also includes the salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, which create digestive juices and enzymes that help the body digest various food and liquids.

7200      Mouth, injuries.

7201      Lips, injuries.

7202      Tongue, loss.

7203      Esophagus, stricture (Achalasia).

7204      Esophagus, spasm.

7205      Esophagus, diverticulum.

7301      Peritoneum, adhesions.

7304      Ulcer, gastric.

7305      Ulcer, duodenal.

7306      Ulcer, marginal (gastrojejunal ulcer).

7307      Gastritis, hypertrophic.

7308      Postgastrectomy syndromes.

7309      Stomach, stenosis.

7310      Stomach, injury of, residuals.

7311      Liver, injury of, residuals.

7312      Liver, cirrhosis, primary biliary cirrhosis, or cirrhotic phase of sclerosing cholangitis.

7314      Cholecystitis, chronic.

7315      Cholelithiasis, chronic.

7316      Cholangitis, chronic.

7317      Gall bladder, injury.

7318      Gall bladder, removal.

7319      Colon, irritable syndrome (spastic colitis, mucous colitis, irritable bowel syndrome , Mucous colitis etc.).

7321      Amebiasis.

7322      Dysentery, bacillary.

7323      Colitis, ulcerative.

7324      Distomiasis, intestinal or hepatic.

7325      Enteritis, chronic.

7326      Enterocolitis, chronic.

7327      Diverticulitis.

7328      Intestine, small, resection.

7329      Intestine, large, resection.

7330      Intestine, fistula.

7331      Peritonitis.

7332      Rectum & anus, impairment.

7333      Rectum & anus, stricture.

7334      Rectum, prolapse.

7335      Ano, fistula in.

7336      Hemorrhoids, external or internal.

7337      Pruritus ani.

7338      Hernia, inguinal.

7339      Hernia, ventral, postoperative.

7340      Hernia, femoral.

7342      Visceroptosis.

7343      Neoplasms, malignant.

7344      Neoplasms, benign.

7345      Liver disease, chronic, without cirrhosis (including hepatitis B, chronic active hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis, drug-induced hepatitis, etc., but excluding bile duct disorders and hepatitis C).

7346      Hernia, hiatal.

7347      Pancreatitis.

7348      Vagotomy.

7351      Liver transplant.

7354      Hepatitis C (or non-A, non-B hepatitis).


VA disabilities of the genitourinary system

What is the Genitourinary System for VA rating purposes?

The genitourinary system includes the organs of the reproductive system and the urinary system. They are grouped together because of their proximity to one other as well as their common embryological origin and the use of common pathways, such as the male reproductive system.

7500      Kidney, removal.

7501      Kidney, abscess.

7502      Nephritis, chronic.

7504      Pyelonephritis, chronic.

7505      Kidney, tuberculosis.

7507      Nephrosclerosis, arteriolar.

7508      Nephrolithiasis/Ureterolithiasis/Nephrocalcinosis.

7509      Hydronephrosis.

7511      Ureter, stricture.

7512      Cystitis, chronic.

7515      Bladder, calculus.

7516      Bladder, fistula.

7517      Bladder, injury.

7518      Urethra, stricture.

7519      Urethra, fistula.

7520      Penis, removal of half or more.

7521      Penis, removal of glans.

7522      Erectile dysfunction, with or without penile deformity.

7523      Testis, atrophy, complete.

7524      Testis, removal.

7525      Prostatitis, urethritis, epididymitis, orchitis (unilateral or bilateral), chronic only.

7527      Prostate gland injuries, infections, hypertrophy, postoperative residuals, bladder outlet obstruction.

7528      Malignant neoplasms.

7529      Benign neoplasms.

7530      Renal disease, chronic.

7531      Kidney transplant.

7532      Renal tubular disorders (such as renal glycosurias, aminoacidurias, renal tubular acidosis, Fanconi’s syndrome, Bartter’s syndrome, related disorders of Henle’s loop and proximal or distal nephron function, etc.).

7533      Cystic diseases of the kidneys (renal artery stenosis, atheroembolic renal disease, or large vessel disease, unspecified, antheroembolic renal disease).

7534      Atherosclerotic renal disease (renal artery stenosis, atheroembolic renal disease, or large vessel disease, unspecified).

7535      Toxic nephropathy.

7536      Glomerulonephritis.

7537      Interstitial nephritis, including gouty nephropathy, disorders of calcium metabolism.

7538      Papillary necrosis.

7539      Renal amyloid disease.

7540      Disseminated intravascular coagulation.

7541      Renal involvement in diabetes mellitus type I or II.

7542      Neurogenic bladder.

7543      Varicocele/Hydrocele.

7544      Renal disease caused by viral infection such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

7545      Bladder, diverticulum of.


VA Disability for Gynecological Conditions

What are Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breasts for VA rating purposes?

Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breasts include the organs that can only be found in a female body and are used for sexual and reproductive purposes. It is made up of the breasts, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vulva, clitoris, vagina, and cervix. 

7610      Vulva or clitoris, disease or injury of (including vulvovaginitis).

7611      Vagina, disease or injury.

7612      Cervix, disease or injury.

7613      Uterus, disease or injury.

7614      Fallopian tube, disease or injury (including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)).

7615      Ovary, disease or injury.

7617      Uterus and both ovaries, removal.

7618      Uterus, removal.

7619      Ovary, removal.

7620      Ovaries, atrophy of both.

7621      Complete or incomplete pelvic organ prolapse due to injury or disease or surgical complications of pregnancy.

7624      Fistula, rectovaginal.

7625      Fistula, urethrovaginal.

7626      Breast, surgery.

7627      Malignant neoplasms of gynecological system.

7628      Benign neoplasms of gynecological system.

7629      Endometriosis.

7630      Malignant neoplasms of the breast.

7631      Benign neoplasms of the breast and other injuries of the breast. Rate chronic residuals according to impairment of function due to scars, lymphedema, or disfigurement (e.g., limitation of arm, shoulder, and wrist motion, or loss of grip strength, or loss of sensation, or residuals from harvesting of muscles for reconstructive purposes), and/or under diagnostic code 7626.

7632      Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD).

The Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems

7702      Agranulocytosis, acquired.

7703      Leukemia.

7704      Polycythemia vera.

7705      Immune thrombocytopenia.

7706      Splenectomy.

7707      Spleen, injury of, healed.

7709      Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

7710      Adenitis, tuberculous.

7712      Multiple myeloma

7714      Sickle cell anemia.

7715      Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

7716      Aplastic anemia.

7717      AL amyloidosis (primary amyloidosis).

7718      Essential thrombocythemia and primary myelofibrosis.

7719      Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) (chronic myeloid leukemia or chronic granulocytic leukemia).

7720      Iron deficiency anemia.

7721      Folic acid deficiency.

7722      Pernicious anemia and Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia.

7723      Acquired hemolytic anemia.

7724      Solitary plasmacytoma.

7725      Myelodysplastic syndromes.


VA disability for skin conditions

What are disabilities of the Skin for VA rating purposes?

The Skin is the largest of the body’s organs and its primary purpose is protection. Skin conditions for VA rating purposes can vary immensely in size and severity. VA disabilities of the Skin include burns, scars, eczema, infections, and cancers, among others.

7800      Burn scar(s) of the head, face, or neck; scar(s) of the head, face, or neck due to other causes; or other disfigurement of the head, face, or neck.

7801      Burn scar(s) or scar(s) due to other causes, not of the head, face, or neck that are associated with underlying soft tissue damage.

7802      Burn scar(s) or scar(s) due to other causes, not of the head, face, or neck that are not associated with underlying soft tissue damage.

7804      Scar(s), unstable or painful.

7805      Scars, other; and other effects of scars evaluated under diagnostic codes 7800, 7801, 7802, or 7804.

7806      Dermatitis or eczema.

7807      Leishmaniasis, American (New World).

7808      Leishmaniasis, Old World.

7809      Discoid lupus erythematosus.

7811      Tuberculosis luposa (lupus vulgaris) active or inactive.

7813      Dermatophytosis (ringworm: Of body, tinea corporis; of head, tinea capitis; of feet, tinea pedis; of beard area, tinea barbae; of nails, tinea unguium (onychomycosis); of inguinal area (jock itch), tinea cruris; tinea versicolor, tinea corposis).

7815      Bullous disorders (including pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus foliaceous, pemphigus vulgaris, bullous pemphigoid, dermatitis herpetiformis, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, benign chronic familial pemphigus (Hailey-Hailey), and porphyria cutanea tarda, Bullous pemphigoid, Porphyri cutanea tarda).

7816      Psoriasis.

7817      Erythroderma.

7818      Malignant skin neoplasms (other than malignant melanoma).

7819      Benign skin neoplasms.

7820      Infections of the skin (including bacterial, fungal, viral, treponemal, and parasitic diseases).

7821      Cutaneous manifestations of collagen-vascular diseases not listed elsewhere (including scleroderma, calcinosis cutis, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, and dermatomyositis).

7822      Papulosquamous disorders not listed elsewhere.

7823      Vitiligo.

7824      Keratinization, diseases (including icthyoses, Darier’s disease,  palmoplantar keratoderma, Dyskeratosis follicularis and Ichthyoses).

7825      Chronic urticaria. For the purposes of this diagnostic code, chronic urticaria is defined as continuous urticaria at least twice per week, off treatment, for a period of six weeks or more.

7826      Vasculitis, primary cutaneous.

7827      Erythema multiforme; Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS).

7828      Acne.

7829      Chloracne.

7830      Scarring alopecia.

7831      Alopecia areata.

7832      Hyperhidrosis.

7833      Malignant melanoma.


VA disability for the endocrine system

What are disabilities of the Endocrine System for VA rating purposes?

The Endocrine System is a vast network of glands that create hormones to help regulate the body. These hormones control the growth of new cells and metabolism. The Endocrine System is made up of the hypothalamus, thymus, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pineal gland, reproductive glands (ovaries or testes), and the pancreas. These parts all work together to keep the body in balance.

7900      Hyperthyroidism, including, but not limited to, Graves’ disease.

7901      Thyroid enlargement, toxic.

7902      Thyroid enlargement, nontoxic.

7903      Hypothyroidism.

7904      Hyperparathyroidism.

7905      Hypoparathyroidism.

7906      Thyroiditis.

7907      Cushing’s syndrome.

7908      Acromegaly.

7909      Diabetes insipidus.

7911      Addison’s disease (adrenocortical insufficiency).

7912      Polyglandular syndrome (multiple endocrine neoplasia, autoimmune polyglandular syndrome).

7913      Diabetes mellitus.

7914      Malignant neoplasm.

7915      Benign neoplasm.

7916      Hyperpituitarism (prolactin secreting pituitary dysfunction).

7917      Hyperaldosteronism (benign or malignant).

7918      Pheochromocytoma (benign or malignant).

7919      C-cell hyperplasia, thyroid.


VA disabilities for Neurological Conditions

What are Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders for VA rating purposes?

VA disabilities for Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders include conditions of the head, brain, spinal cord, nerves, and epilepsies. The nervous system is divided into two parts: the central nervous system, and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the cranial nerves. The peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the rest of the body.

Organic Diseases of the Central Nervous System

8000      Encephalitis, epidemic, chronic.

Brain, New Growth of

8002      Malignant.

8003      Benign.

8004      Paralysis agitans (Parkinson’s Disease).

8005      Bulbar palsy.

8007      Brain, vessels, embolism.

8008      Brain, vessels, thrombosis.

8009      Brain, vessels, hemorrhage.

8010      Myelitis.

8011      Poliomyelitis, anterior.

8012      Hematomyelia.

8013      Syphilis, cerebrospinal.

8014      Syphilis, meningovascular.

8015      Tabes dorsalis.

8017      Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gherig’s Disease).

8018      Multiple sclerosis.

8019      Meningitis, cerebrospinal, epidemic.

8020      Brain, abscess.

Spinal Cord, New Growths

8021      Malignant.

8022      Benign.

8023      Progressive muscular atrophy.

8024      Syringomyelia.

8025      Myasthenia gravis.

8045      Residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

8046      Cerebral arteriosclerosis.

Miscellaneous Diseases

8100      Migraine

8103      Tic, convulsive.

8104      Paramyoclonus multiplex (convulsive state, myoclonic type).

8105      Chorea, Sydenham’s.

8106      Chorea, Huntington’s.

8107      Athetosis, acquired.

8108      Narcolepsy.

The Cranial Nerves

8205      Fifth (trigeminal), paralysis.

8207      Seventh (facial), paralysis.

8209      Ninth (glossopharyngeal), paralysis.

8210      Tenth (pneumogastric, vagus), paralysis.

8211      Eleventh (spinal accessory, external branch), paralysis.

8212      Twelfth (hypoglossal), paralysis.

8305      Neuritis, fifth cranial nerve.

8307      Neuritis, seventh cranial nerve.

8309      Neuritis, ninth cranial nerve.

8310      Neuritis, tenth cranial nerve.

8311      Neuritis, eleventh cranial nerve.

8312      Neuritis, twelfth cranial nerve.

8405      Neuralgia, fifth cranial nerve.

8407      Neuralgia, seventh cranial nerve.

8409      Neuralgia, ninth cranial nerve.

8410      Neuralgia, tenth cranial nerve.

8411      Neuralgia, eleventh cranial nerve.

8412      Neuralgia, twelfth cranial nerve.

Peripheral Nerves

8510      Upper radicular group, paralysis.

8511      Middle radicular group, paralysis.

8512      Lower radicular group, paralysis.

8513      All radicular groups, paralysis.

8514      Musculospiral nerve (radial), paralysis.

8515      Median nerve, paralysis.

8516      Ulnar nerve, paralysis.

8517      Musculocutaneous nerve, paralysis.

8518      Circumflex nerve, paralysis.

8519      Long thoracic nerve, paralysis.

8520      Sciatic nerve, paralysis.

8521      External popliteal nerve (common peroneal), paralysis.

8522      Musculocutaneous nerve (superficial peroneal), paralysis.

8523      Anterior tibial nerve (deep peroneal), paralysis.

8524      Internal popliteal nerve (tibial), paralysis.

8525      Posterior tibial nerve, paralysis.

8526      Anterior crural nerve (femoral), paralysis.

8527      Internal saphenous nerve, paralysis.

8528      Obturator nerve, paralysis.

8529      External cutaneous nerve of thigh, paralysis.

8530      Ilio-inguinal nerve, paralysis.

8540      Soft-tissue sarcoma (Neurogenic origin).

8610      Neuritis, upper radicular group.

8611      Neuritis, middle radicular group.

8612      Neuritis, lower radicular group.

8613      Neuritis, all radicular group.

8614      Neuritis, musculospiral (radial) nerve.

8615      Neuritis, median nerve.

8616      Neuritis, ulnar nerve.

8617      Neuritis, musculocutaneous nerve.

8618      Neuritis, circumflex nerve.

8619      Neuritis, long thoracic nerve.

8620      Neuritis, sciatic nerve.

8621      Neuritis, external popliteal (common peroneal) nerve.

8622      Neuritis, musculocutaneous (superficial peroneal) nerve.

8623      Neuritis, anterior tibial (deep peroneal) nerve.

8624      Neuritis, internal popliteal (tibial) nerve.

8625      Neuritis, posterior tibial nerve.

8626      Neuritis, anterior crural (femoral) nerve.

8627      Neuritis, internal saphenous nerve.

8628      Neuritis, obturator nerve.

8629      Neuritis, external cutaneous nerve of thigh.

8630      Neuritis, ilio-inguinal nerve.

8710      Neuralgia, upper radicular group.

8711      Neuralgia, middle radicular group.

8712      Neuralgia, lower radicular group.

8713      Neuralgia, all radicular groups.

8714      Neuralgia, musculospiral nerve (radial).

8715      Neuralgia, median nerve.

8716      Neuralgia, ulnar nerve.

8717      Neuralgia, musculocutaneous nerve.

8718      Neuralgia, circumflex nerve.

8719      Neuralgia, long thoracic nerve.

8720      Neuralgia, sciatic nerve.

8721      Neuralgia, external popliteal nerve (common peroneal).

8722      Neuralgia, musculocutaneous nerve (superficial peroneal).

8723      Neuralgia, anterior tibial nerve (deep peroneal).

8724      Neuralgia, internal popliteal nerve (tibial).

8725      Neuralgia, posterior tibial nerve.

8726      Neuralgia, anterior crural nerve (femoral).

8727      Neuralgia, internal saphenous nerve.

8728      Neuralgia, obturator nerve.

8729      Neuralgia, external cutaneous nerve of thigh.

8730      Neuralgia, ilio-inguinal nerve.

The Epilepsies

8910      Grand mal.

8911      Petit mal.

8912      Jacksonian and focal motor or sensory.

8913      Diencephalic.

8914      Psychomotor.


VA disability for mental disorders

What are Mental Disorders for VA rating purposes?

For VA rating purposes, “Mental Disorders” refer to mental health conditions, and include 31 primary disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Some examples of mental illness include PTSD, adjustment disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders among others.

9201      Schizophrenia.

9208      Delusional disorder.

9210      Other specified and unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.

9211      Schizoaffective Disorder.

9300      Delirium.

9301      Major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to HIV or other infections (Dementia).

9304      Major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to traumatic brain injury (Dementia).

9305      Major or mild vascular neurocognitive disorder (Dementia).

9310      Unspecified neurocognitive disorder (Dementia).

9312      Major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease.

9326      Major or mild neurocognitive disorder due to another medical condition or substance/medication-induced major or mild neurocognitive disorder.

9400      Generalized anxiety disorder.

9403      Specific phobia; social anxiety disorder (social phobia).

9404      Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

9410      Other specified anxiety disorder.

9411      Posttraumatic stress disorder.

9412      Panic disorder and/or agoraphobia.

9413      Unspecified anxiety disorder.

9416      Dissociative amnesia; dissociative identity disorder.

9417      Depersonalization/derealization disorder.

9421      Somatic symptom disorder.

9422      Other specified somatic symptom and related disorder.

9423      Unspecified somatic symptom and related disorder.

9424      Conversion disorder (functional neurological symptom disorder).

9425      Illness anxiety disorder (Hypochondriasis).

9431      Cyclothymic disorder.

9432      Bipolar disorder.

9433      Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia).

9434      Major depressive disorder.

9435      Unspecified depressive disorder.

9440      Chronic adjustment disorder.

9520      Anorexia nervosa.

9521      Bulimia nervosa.


VA disability for the jaw and teeth

What are Dental and Oral Conditions for VA rating purposes?

VA disabilities for Dental and Oral Conditions are those that affect the Mouth and Teeth to include the jaws, the jaw joint, the palates, and the teeth.

9900      Maxilla or mandible, chronic osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis, or osteoradionecrosis of.

9901      Mandible, loss of, complete, between angles.

9902      Mandible loss of, including ramus, unilaterally or bilaterally.

9903      Mandible, nonunion of, confirmed by diagnostic imaging studies.

9904      Mandible, malunion.

9905      Temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

9908      Condyloid process.

9909      Coronoid process.

9911      Hard palate, loss of.

9913      Teeth, loss of, due to loss of substance of body of maxilla or mandible without loss of continuity.

9914      Maxilla, loss of more than half.

9915      Maxilla, loss of half or less.

9916      Maxilla, malunion or nonunion of.

9917      Neoplasm, hard and soft tissue, benign.

9918      Neoplasm, hard and soft tissue, malignant.


What is an “Analogous” VA disability?

The Analogous diagnostic codes are used by the VA when a diagnosed condition is not directly listed in CFR Title 38, Part 4, the Schedule for Rating Disabilities. Conditions that are NOT in the general schedule can be rated “analogously” with a condition that IS. “Analogous” means the condition that is closest to the ratable condition that best describes the primary symptoms. For example, post concussive headaches are not listed in the general schedule, only migraine headaches. However, if you have post concussive headaches that are severe enough to be eligible for a VA rating, then they can be rated under Diagnostic Code 8100 for migraine headaches, since that is the diagnostic code that is closest to your condition with similar symptoms.

  • Achalasia is a condition that limits the esophagus’ ability to move food down to the stomach. It is rated under code 7203, stricture of the esophagus.
  • Acromioclavicular separation (a.k.a. AC separationseparated shoulder) is an injury where the clavicle is separated from the scapula. It may be rated under code 5003, degenerative arthritis, or 5010, traumatic arthritis, if the minimum requirements for rating under code 5201, limited motion of the shoulder, are not met.
  • Aphasia is a condition of the brain where you are unable to understand and process language. If it is caused by an injury to the head, it is not rated analogously, but is rated as a part of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) rating. If it is caused by an illness or other condition, it is rated under code 9326, neurocognitive disorder.
  • Aphonia is the inability to make vocal sounds. If it is caused by nerve damage, rate it under the affected nerve. These can be found on The Cranial Nerves page. If there is no definitive physical cause, but is instead caused by a mental disorder, it is rated under code 9424, conversion disorder.
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation syndrome is a condition where the brain is malformed, disrupting the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. It is rated under code 8003, benign brain growth.
  • Arteriovenous malformation is a condition where abnormal connections between the arteries and veins form. If it occurs in the vessels feeding the brain, it is rated under code 8009, hemorrhage of the brain vessels.
  • Artery stenosis occurs when an artery narrows, causing low or blocked blood flow to various parts of the body. Its rating code depends on the location of the narrowed artery. Vertebral artery stenosis, narrowing of the arteries in the neck, is rated under code 8008, thrombosis of the brain vessels. Renal artery stenosis, narrowing of the arteries of the kidneys, is rated under code 7534, atherosclerotic renal disease. For all other artery stenoses, rate them under the code that best describes the symptoms for the system it affects.
  • Aseptic meningitis is a type of meningitis infection around the brain. It is rated under code 8019, cerebrospinal meningitis.
  • Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that causes scaly rashes. It is rated under code 7806, dermatitis.
  • Avascular necrosis of the femoral head is a condition where the flow of blood is blocked, causing the bone to die. It is rated under code 5003, degenerative arthritis.
  • Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition where abnormal cells form in the lower part of the esophagus. It is rated under code 7203, stricture of the esophagus.
  • Behcet’s Syndrome is a condition that causes the blood vessels to become irritated and swell. Symptoms can involve the eyes, joints, mouth, skin and reproductive organs. It is rated under the appropriate code for the symptoms. For example, if the main symptom was joint pain, it would be coded 5002, systemic arthritis.
  • Blepharospasm is a condition where the eye twitches uncontrollably. It is rated under code 8103, convulsive tic.
  • Carpal tunnel is a condition where the median nerve gets pinched as it passes through the wrist into the hand. It is rated under the codes for the median nerve.
  • Celiac disease (sprue) is a condition where the lining of the small intestine is damaged by eating gluten. It is rated under code 7319, irritable colon syndrome.
  • Cerebral aneurysm occurs when there is a weak spot in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain. This weak spot bulges out and pushes against the brain tissues. It can be rated under code 7112, small artery aneurysm.
  • Cerebellar degenerative disease is a disease that causes the neurons in the brain that control coordination and balance to die. It is rated under code 8014, meningovascular syphilis.
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is an inherited condition that affects the peripheral nerves. It is rated under code 8023, progressive muscular atrophy.
  • Chest pain that is not caused by another condition is rated under code 5321, muscles of respiration.
  • Chondromalacia patella occurs when the tissue below the kneecap is irritated and causes pain. It is rated under code 5014, osteomalacia.
  • Chronic renal failure (a.k.a. chronic kidney diseasechronic renal insufficiency) is a condition where the kidneys fail to properly filter waste from the blood. It is rated under code 7502, chronic nephritis.
  • Cluster headaches are severe pain in only one half of the head at a time. If it is caused by traumatic brain injury, it can be rated under code 8045, residuals of TBI. If it is not, it can be rated under code 8100, migraine headaches.
  • Colostomy is a surgical procedure that routes the end of the colon through the abdominal wall. It is rated under code 7333, stricture of the rectum and anus.
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (a.k.a. reflex sympathetic dystrophy) is a nerve condition where severe pain, changes in skin color, and swelling occur. It can affect any area of the body, but is most commonly seen affecting the arms or legs. It is rated as neuralgia under the nerve that is most affected. Please see The Central Nervous System page and the corresponding linked nerve pages for all nerve ratings.
  • Any Connective tissue disease which mainly affects the joints and is not rated elsewhere can be rated under code 5002, systemic arthritis. If it affects the entire body, it is rated under code 6350, lupus.
  • coronary artery stent is a tube that is surgically placed in the arteries of the heart to keep them from collapsing. It is rated under code 7017, coronary bypass surgery.
  • Costochondritis is chest pain caused by the inflammation of the tissues that line the ribs. This condition normally only lasts for a very short time and so is not ratable. If it is Chronic, however, it can be rated under code 5321, muscles of respiration.
  • Crohn’s disease (a.k.a. granulomatous colitis) is a condition that causes the bowels to become irritated and swell. It is rated under code 7323, ulcerative colitis.
  • Cubital tunnel is a condition where the ulnar nerve gets pinched as it passes through the elbow into the forearm. It is rated under the codes for the ulnar nerve.
  • Demyelinating disease is a condition of the nerves that disrupts their communication. It is rated under code 8018, multiple sclerosis.
  • Diverticular disease (a.k.a. diverticulosis) is a condition where pockets form in the walls of the colon. It is rated under code 7319, irritable colon syndrome.
  • Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition where the tissues beneath the skin of the palm of the hand thicken abnormally, causing the tissues to tighten and restrict the movement of the hand. It is rated under code 5223, the freezing of two fingers of one hand.
  • Dysarthria is a condition where speech is impossible because the nerve that controls the muscles used to speak is damaged. It is rated under code 8212, the hypoglossal nerve.
  • Dysmenorrhea is a female condition that causes severe pain during menstruation. It is rated under code 7613, diseases of the uterus.
  • Encephalopathy is a catch-all term for conditions of the brain. If the brain condition was caused by a traumatic injury and is not addressed on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) page, it can be rated under code 9304, dementia due to head trauma.
  • Fatigue is usually a symptom of a disease and is seldom rated on its own. If it is not caused by another condition, it can be rated under code 6354, chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Folliculitis is a skin condition where the hair follicles swell and produce a bumpy rash. It is rated under code 7806, dermatitis.
  • Fugue is a type of Dissociative Disorder. It is basically amnesia that lasts for only a few hours up to a few days but can occur repeatedly. It is rated under code 9416, dissociative amnesia.
  • A Ganglion cyst is a hard fluid-filled lump in the joints, most commonly the wrist. It is rated under code 5021, myositis.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where the acid in the stomach travels up the esophagus. It is rated under code 7346, hiatal hernia.
  • Goodpasture’s Syndrome is a condition where the immune system attacks the kidneys and lungs. It is rated either under a code for the kidneys or a code for the lungs, whichever best describes the overall condition and its symptoms.
  • Graft-vs-Host disease is a condition that can develop after a tissue graft or transplant, where the body rejects the new tissues. It is rated on whatever code best describes its main symptoms. So, if it was a kidney transplant, the most appropriate code would be a kidney code or a code that best describes the symptoms caused by kidney failure.
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a condition where the immune system attacks the nerves. It is rated under code 8011, poliomyelitis.
  • Headaches that are severe enough to rate can be rated under code 8100, migraine headaches. If the headaches are caused by a mental disorder, they are rated under code 9422, pain disorder.
  • Hemophilia is a condition where it takes a long time for the blood to clot. It is rated under code 7705, thrombocytopenia.
  • Herpes, although rarely severe enough to be given a rating, would be rated under code 7820, unspecified skin infection.
  • Hidradenitis is a condition that causes the sweat glands to swell. It is rated under code 7806, dermatitis.
  • Horner’s syndrome is an eye condition that causes the pupil to constrict and the eyelid to droop. It is rated under code 6019, ptosis.
  • Hypercoagulable state is a condition where the blood does not clot properly. It is rated under code 7121, post-phlebitic syndrome.
  • Hyperlipidemia is a condition where there are high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It usually doesn’t cause any symptoms, and is thus not ratable. If, however, it causes heart disease, it is rated under code 7005, arteriosclerotic heart disease.
  • Hypersomnia is a condition where you are excessively tired during the day. It is rated under code 8108, narcolepsy.
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia is a condition where there is a decrease in gamma globulins, which causes the body’s immune system to not properly function. It could be rated in numerous ways depending on the types of symptoms present. We feel that it will most likely be rated as Agranulocytosis, code 7702, but this may not always be the case.
  • Hypogonadism is a condition where the testicles in men or ovaries in women do not produce enough testosterone or estrogen, respectively. This condition can only be rated if both testicles or both ovaries are completely non-functional. If the ovaries are non-functional, then it is rated under code 7620. If the testicles are non-functional, it is rated under code 7523.
  • Ileostomy is a surgical procedure that routes the end of the small intestine through the abdominal wall. It is rated under code 7333, stricture of the rectum and anus.
  • Legg-Perthes Disease (a.k.a. Legg-Calve-Perthes Syndrome) is a condition of the hip where the hip joint becomes deformed either because of new bone growth or bone loss. It is rated under code 5003, degenerative arthritis.
  • Lymphedema is a condition where the lymph vessels that drain fluid from the tissues is blocked. It is rated under code 7121, post-phlebitic syndrome.
  • Meningeal adhesions are patches of scar tissue that develop around the brain after a head injury. They are rated under the Traumatic Brain Injury rating system. Through that rating system, it is then rated under code 8019.
  • Multiple myeloma is cancer which develops in bone marrow. It is rated under code 7709, Hodgkin’s disease, or code 7703, leukemia.
  • Myofascial pain syndrome is a condition where pain is felt in one part of the body when pressure points are triggered in another, unrelated part. It is rated under code 5021, myositis.
  • Myofasciitis is a condition where muscle tissues are damaged. It is rated under code 5021, myositis.
  • Myotonic dystrophy is a progressive disease that affects numerous functions of the body. It is rated under code 8023, progressive muscular atrophy.
  • Necrotizing fasciitis (a.k.a. strep fasciitis) is commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria. It is a bacterial infection that breaks down tissue cells. After the infection is treated, it is then rated on any lasting symptoms.
  • Nephrotic syndrome is a condition where the kidneys are damaged. It is rated under code 7502, chronic nephritis.
  • Nyctalopia is a decrease in night vision. It is not ratable in and of itself. If there is also a decrease in normal vision, however, then that can be rated under the Visual Impairment Rating System.
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease is a condition where the knob at the top of the tibia just below the knee swells. It is rated under code 5262, impairment of the tibia.
  • Osteochondritis dissecans is a condition where cracks appear in the tip of the bones in the joints and their surrounding cartilage. It is rated under code 5003, degenerative arthritis.
  • Pain disorder is a mental disorder where the person feels intense pain in numerous locations in the body without a physical medical cause. The pain is real and can be debilitating. It is rated under code 9422, other somatic symptoms.
  • Pancytopenia is a condition that interferes with the creation of red and white blood cells and platelets. It is rated under code 7702, agranulocytosis.
  • Parkinsonism is a nervous condition that causes tremors or difficulty moving various body parts. It is similar to Parkinson’s Disease, but it does not get worse over time. It is, however, still rated as Parkinson’s Disease, code 8004.
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome (a.k.a. retropatellar syndrome) is a generic term for conditions that cause pain in the center of the knee below the kneecap. If the specific condition is not listed in the VASRD, then it can be rated under code 5261, limited motion of the leg.
  • Pelvic adhesive disease is a condition most commonly found in females. It causes the reproductive organs to stick together. It is rated under the organ that is most affected. If the ovaries, it is rated under code 7615, conditions of the ovaries. If the uterus, it is rated under code 7618, removal of the uterus. If both, it is rated under code 7617, removal of the uterus and ovaries.
  • Pelvic fracture is a condition where the pelvic bone is broken. It is rated under code 5236, sacroiliac injury.
  • Pelvic pain in females is often caused by a dysfunction of some sort in the reproductive organs. When the exact cause is unknown, it is rated under code 7629, endometriosis.
  • Peyronie’s disease is a condition that causes a bend in an erect penis. It is rated under code 7522, deformity of the penis.
  • Pilonidal cyst is a cavity filled with hair that mostly occurs near the coccyx, but can occur other places as well. The cavity frequently gets infected and requires antibiotics or surgery. It is rated under code 7820, infections of the skin.
  • Pituitary Adenoma is a tumor that develops in the pituitary gland. It is rated under one of three possible codes. If it causes the pituitary gland to produce too many hormones, it is rated under code 7916, Hyperpituitarism. If it causes the pituitary gland to produce only too many ACTH hormones, it is rated under code 7907, Cushing’s Syndrome. If it does not cause the overproduction of hormones, then it is rated under code 7915, tumor of the Endocrine System.
  • Primary lateral sclerosis is a disease that causes serious muscle weakness that gets worse over time. It is rated under code 8017, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a skin condition where the hair follicles swell and produce a bumpy rash. It is rated under code 7806, dermatitis.
  • Reactive airway disease is a term used to describe trouble breathing and wheezing caused by a specific irritant, like an allergy. It is usually easily treated and thus not ratable. If ratable, however, it is rated under code 6602, asthma.
  • Reiter’s Syndrome is a condition where arthritis develops because of a bacterial infection. It is rated under code 5002, systemic arthritis.
  • Restless leg syndrome is a nerve condition where the legs must be constantly moved to avoid pain or tingling. It is rated under code 8103, convulsive tic or 8620, sciatic nerve.
  • The Rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tissues which move the arm at the shoulder. Any rotator cuff injury is rated under code 5304, shoulder muscles.
  • Scalenus anticus syndrome is a condition where the blood vessels and nerves in the shoulder are pinched or irritated. It is rated under code 8512, the lower radicular nerve group.
  • Scheuermann’s disease (a.k.a. kyphosis) is a condition where the spine does not develop properly, curves or twists, and causes a hunchback or other abnormal postures. It is rated under code 5239, spondylolisthesis.
  • Schizophreniform disorder is a mental condition where the majority of the symptoms of schizophrenia are present for at least 1 month, but not the entire 6 months needed to diagnose schizophrenia. This is a difficult condition to rate, since the symptoms normally resolve after a short period of time. If the symptoms are currently active, it can be rated under code 9201, schizophrenia.
  • Sclerosing cholangitis is a condition where the bile ducts of the liver swell and scar. It is rated under code 7312, cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves to the side. It is rated under code 5239, spondylolisthesis.
  • Shin splints are tiny fractures in the tibia (“shinbone”). They are rated under code 5262, impairment of the tibia.
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune condition where the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed. It is most commonly caused by rheumatoid arthritis, and so is rated under code 5002, systemic arthritis. It can, however, be rated on symptoms it causes in the eyes or throat if these symptoms are fairly severe.
  • Stargardt’s disease is an eye condition that causes progressive vision loss. It is rated under code 6006, retinopathy.
  • Superior vena cava syndrome (SVC) is a condition where the superior vena cava vein that takes blood to the heart narrows or is blocked. It is rated under code 7121, post-phlebitic syndrome.
  • Syncope (fainting) is most commonly a symptom of another disease. If this is the case, rate only the underlying condition. For example, if it is caused by a seizure condition, then it is rated under code 8911, epilepsy. If it is caused by cranial nerve damage, it is rated under code 8210, tenth cranial nerve. If it is caused by Narcolepsy, then it is rated under code 8108, narcolepsy.
  • Tarsal tunnel is a condition where the posterior tibial nerve gets pinched as it passes through the ankle into the foot. It is rated under the codes for the posterior tibial nerve.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disfunction (TMJ) is a condition where the jaw joint becomes irritated and painful. It is rated under code 9905, limited motion of the jaw.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition where the nerves at the thoracic outlet (in the neck) are compressed, causing numbness, pain, and tingling in the arms. It is rated under code 8513, all radicular nerve groups.
  • Tic douloureux is a condition where there are sharp pains in the face because of damage to the trigeminal nerve. It is rated under one of the trigeminal nerve codes.
  • Torticollis is a condition where the spine in the neck is twisted, causing the head to twist abnormally. It is rated under code 5237, cervical strain.
  • Tourette’s Syndrome is a condition with muscle and vocal tics (twitches). It is rated under code 8103, convulsive tic. This condition normally develops in childhood, and so may not be ratable since it may be considered EPTS.
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS) is a rare, life-threatening skin condition that is usually caused by a reaction to drugs. It is rated under code 7827, erythema multiforme.
  • Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection. It is rated under code 8000, encephalitis.
  • Tremor (essential, familial, or benign) is the involuntary shaking of part of the body. It is usually rated under code 8105, Sydenham’s Chorea, but can also be rated under code 8103, convulsive tic—whichever best describes the overall condition.
  • Tropical sprue is a condition of the intestines that keep them from absorbing all the necessary nutrients from food. It affects people who live in tropical environments. It is rated under code 7323, ulcerative colitis.
  • Vestibulopathy is a condition of the ears that affects the ability to hear. It is rated under code 6204, peripheral vestibular disorder.


What is an “Equivalent” VA disability?

An “Equivalent” VA disability is a general term for conditions that have multiple names. Listed below are some of the most common conditions that go by other names.

  • Adrenal cortical hypofunction is the same as Addison’s disease, code 7911.
  • Aminoaciduria is a renal tubular disorder, code 7532.
  • Anaphylaxis is the same as angioneurotic edema, code 7118.
  • Angioedema is the same as angioneurotic edema, code 7118.
  • Anthracosis is the same as pneumoconiosis, code 6832.
  • Antheroembolic renal disease is the same as atherosclerotic renal disease, code 7534.
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease is the same as arteriosclerotic heart disease, code 7005.
  • Bartter’s syndrome is a renal tubular disorder, code 7532.
  • Benign chronic familial pemphigus is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Birmingham Hip Resurfacing is a type of hip replacement surgery, code 5054.
  • Buerger’s Disease is the same as thrombo-angiitis obliterans, code 7115.
  • Bullous pemphigoid is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Calcinosis cutis is a type of collagen-vascular disease, code 7821.
  • Cardiospasms are the same as spasms of the esophagus, code 7204.
  • Choroidal nevus is a type of benign neoplasm of the eye, code 6015.
  • Choroiditis is a form of choroidopathy, code 6000.
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the same as arteriosclerotic heart disease, code 7005.
  • Cyclitis is a form of choroidopathy, code 6000.
  • Dacryocystitis is a disorder of the lacrimal apparatus, code 6025.
  • Darier’s disease (DAR) is a disease of keratinization, code 7824.
  • De Quervain’s Disease is a type of tenosynovitis, code 5024.
  • Dementia is a type of neurocognitive disorder, codes 9301–9310.
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Dermatomyositis is a type of collagen-vascular disease, code 7821.
  • Devergie’s disease is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus is a type of lupus, code 7809.
  • Dyskeratosis follicularis is a disease of keratinization, code 7824.
  • Dysthymia is the same as persistent depressive disorder, code 9433.
  • Endolymphatic hydrops is the same as Meniere’s syndrome, code 6205.
  • Epidermolysis bullos acquisita is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Epididymitis is the same as epididymo-orchitis, code 7525.
  • Epiphora is a disorder of the lacrimal apparatus, code 6025.
  • Erythroderma is the same as exfoliative dermatitis, code 7817.
  • Espundia is the same as New World leishmaniasis, code 7807.
  • Extrinsic allergic alveolitis is the same as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, code 6831.
  • False flail joint is a type of humerus impairment, code 5202.
  • Fanconi’s syndrome is a renal tubular disorder, code 7532.
  • Fibrosing alveolitis is the same as diffuse interstitial fibrosis, code 6825.
  • Fibrositis is a type of fibromyalgia, code 5025.
  • Flail shoulder is a type of humerus impairment, code 5202.
  • Gastrojejunal ulcer is the same as marginal ulcer, code 7306.
  • Hailey-Hailey is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Hansen’s Diseases is the same as leprosy, code 6302.
  • Hydrocele is a type of cystitis, code 7512.
  • Hypertensive vascular disease is the same as hypertension, code 7101.
  • Hypertropic arthritis is a type of degenerative arthritis, code 5003.
  • Hypochondriasis is a type of illness anxiety disorder, code 9425.
  • Ichthyoses is a disease of keratinization, code 7824.
  • Incontinence can be both fecal and urinary. Urinary incontinence is rated as cystitis, code 7512. Fecal incontinence is as impairment of the rectum and anus, code 7332.
  • Infrapatellar Bursitis is rated as bursitis, code 5019.
  • Interstitial pneumonitis is the same as diffuse interstitial fibrosis, code 6825.
  • Iritis is a form of choroidopathy, code 6000.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome is the same as irritable colon syndrome, code 7319.
  • Ischemic heart disease is the same as coronary artery disease, code 7005.
  • Isolated systolic hypertension is the same as hypertension, code 7101.
  • Jock itch is the same as dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Keratoconjunctivitis is a type of conjunctivitis, code 6018.
  • Lichen planus is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Lichen ruber acuminatus is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Lou Gherig’s Disease is the same as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), code 8017.
  • Lupus vulgaris is the same as tuberculosis luposa, code 7811.
  • Lymphomatoid papulosus is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Medullary sponge kidney is a cystic disease of the kidneys, code 7533.
  • Metatarsalgia is the same as Morton’s disease, code 5279.
  • Mucha-Habermann disease is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Mucous colitis is the same as irritable colon syndrome, code 7319.
  • Nephronophthisis is a cystic disease of the kidneys, code 7533.
  • Olecranon Bursitis is rated as bursitis, code 5019.
  • Oriental sore is the same as Old World leishmaniasis, code 7808.
  • Osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative arthritis, code 5003.
  • Paget’s disease is the same as osteitis deformans, code 5016.
  • Palmoplantar keratoderma is a disease of keratinization, code 7824.
  • Paralysis agitans is the same as Parkinson’s disease, code 8004.
  • Parapsoriasis acuta is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a disease of the fallopian tubes, code 7614.
  • Pemphigus foliaceous is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Pemphigus vulgaris is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Peripheral vascular disease is the hardening of the arteries. It can cause heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and decreased blood flow to the extremities called arteriosclerosis obliterans, code 7114.
  • Pes cavus is the same as claw foot, code 5278.
  • Pes planus is the same as flatfoot, code 5276.
  • Plaque parapsoriasis is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA) is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) is a type of papulosquamous disorder, code 7822.
  • Polycystic kidney disease is a cystic disease of the kidneys, code 7533.
  • Porphyri cutanea tarda is a type of bullous disorder, code 7815.
  • Primary fibromyalgia syndrome is a type of fibromyalgia, code 5025.
  • Prostatitis is a prostate gland condition, code 7527.
  • Quadrantanopsia is the same as scotoma, code 6081.
  • Renal artery stenosis is the same as atherosclerotic renal disease, code 7534.
  • Renal glycosuria is a renal tubular disorder, code 7532.
  • Renal tubular acidosis is a renal tubular disorder, code 7532.
  • Rhinosinusitis is the same as sinusitis, code 6510.
  • Ringworm is the same as dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Scleroderma is a type of collagen-vascular disease, code 7821.
  • Serous otitis media is the same as chronic nonsuppurative otitis media with effusion, code 6201.
  • Silicosis is a type of pneumoconiosis, code 6832.
  • Spastic colitis is the same as irritable colon syndrome, code 7319.
  • Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus is the same as lupus, code 7809.
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a type of supraventricular arrhythmia, code 7010.
  • Tachycardia can be caused by either ventricular (brain) problems or non-ventricular problems. All non-ventricular tachycardias are rated as supraventricular arrhythmias, code 7010. For ventricular tachycardias, choose the brain code that best describes the overall condition and symptoms.
  • Tendonitis is close enough that it is rated as Tenosynovitis, code 5024.
  • Tinea barbae is a type of dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Tinea capitis is a type of dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Tinea corporis is a type of dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Tinea cruris is a type of dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Tinea pedis is a type of dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Tinea unguium is a type of dermatophytosis, code 7813.
  • Trochanteric Bursitis is rated as bursitis, code 5019.
  • Uremic medullary cystic disease is a cystic disease of the kidneys, code 7533.
  • Uveitis is a form of choroidopathy, code 6000.
  • Vulvovagnitis is a condition of the vulva, code 7610.

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