Limbic Encephalopathy Symptoms and Disability

Jun 15, 2011 No Comments by

The Limbic System“Limbic encephalitis is inflammation affecting a region of the brain known as the limbic system, which controls emotions, behaviors and certain memory functions. People with this disorder may experience personality changes or mood disturbances, memory loss, seizures, hallucinations, or sleep disturbances.”

via Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system: Symptoms –

Limbic Encephalopathy is usually caused by one of two things: a virus or a autoimmune response. Onset of symptoms usually occur relatively soon after coming into contact with a virus or if the person’s immune system itself is the culprit.

Individuals with limbic encephalopathy can undergo severe changes, including involuntary movements, abnormal gait, child-like posturing and bizarre speech patterns. In addition the individual may have to participate in extensive rehabilitation for posture, speech, toileting, writing, balance and other deficits.  Neuropsychological testing is a necessity.

In a disability case, a person with limbic encephalopathy will be evaluated under 12.02 Organic Mental Disorders found here: via 12.00-Mental Disorders-Adult.

As with all claims for disability benefits, the claimant must show that they are incapable of working due to their impairments. Claimants with limbic encephalopathy may have a long road ahead of them for recovery. During this recovery, based on their symptoms, working may be out of the question.

To receive a free case evaluation, contact us at 1-866-425-5347 or fill out the Free Review form to your right. We are here to represent you throughout the Social Security Disability process.


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Kim obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Law Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a strong advocate for the rights of the disabled and worked in the past for the North Carolina Department of Justice. She is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Kim is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court.