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032. What Diseases Are Covered?


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Posted 23 November 2005 - 05:16 PM

32. What diseases are covered?

For POWs detained for 30 days or more, such eligibility covers any of the following illnesses that are found at a compensable level (at least 10 percent disabling): avitaminosis; beriberi; chronic dysentery; dysthymic disorder, or depressive neurosis; helminthiasis; irritable bowel syndrome and malnutrition, including associated optic atrophy. Also covered are: organic residuals of frostbite; pellagra and any other nutritional deficiency; peptic ulcer disease; peripheral neuropathy, except where directly related to infectious causes; post-traumatic osteoarthritis; psychosis and any of the anxiety states. For former POWs who suffered from swelling of the legs or feet during captivity, ischemic heart disease (sometimes known as “wet” beriberi) is also covered.