DI 34128.005 Skin Listings from 5/24/02 to 7/8/04
Skin lesions may result in a marked, long-lasting impairment if they involve extensive body areas or critical areas such as the hands or feet and become resistant to treatment. These lesions must be shown to have persisted for a sufficient period of time despite therapy for a reasonable presumption to be made that a marked impairment will last for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The treatment for some of the skin diseases listed in this section may require the use of high dosage of drugs with possible serious side effects; these side effects should be considered in the overall evaluation of impairment.
When skin lesions are associated with systemic disease and where that is the predominant problem, evaluation should occur according to the criteria in the appropriate section. Disseminated (systemic) lupus erythematosus and scleroderma usually involve more than one body system and should be evaluated under 14.02 and 14.04. Neoplastic skin lesions should be evaluated under 13.00ff. When skin lesions (including burns) are associated with contractures or limitation of joint motion, that impairment should be evaluated under 1.00ff.
8.01 Category of Impairments, Skin
8.02 Exfoliative dermatitis, ichthyosis, ichthyosiform erythroderma. With extensive lesions not responding to prescribed treatment.
8.03 Pemphigus, erythema multiforme bullosum, bullous pemphigoid, dermatitis herpetiformis. With extensive lesions not responding to prescribed treatment.
8.04 Deep mycotic infections. With extensive fungating, ulcerating lesions not responding to prescribed treatment.
8.05 Psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, dyshidrosis. With extensive lesions, including involvement of the hands or feet which impose a marked limitation of function and which are not responding to prescribed treatment.
8.06 Hidradenitis suppurativa, acne conglobata. With extensive lesions involving the axillae or perineum not responding to prescribed medical treatment and not amenable to surgical treatment.