DI 34231.005 Neurological Listings from 12/12/90 to 05/23/02
A. Seizure disorder must be substantiated by at least one detailed description of a typical seizure.
Report of recent documentation should include an electroencephalogram and neurological
examination. Sleep EEG is preferable, especially with temporal lobe seizures. Frequency
of attacks and any associated phenomena should also be substantiated.
Young children may have convulsions in association with febrile illnesses. Proper
use of 111.02 and 111.03 requires that a seizure disorder be established. Although
this does not exclude consideration of seizures occurring during febrile illnesses,
it does require documentation of seizures during nonfebrile periods.
There is an expected delay in control of seizures when treatment is started, particularly
when changes in the treatment regimen are necessary. Therefore, a seizure disorder
should not be considered to meet the requirements of 111.02 and 111.03 unless it is
shown that seizures have persisted more than three months after prescribed therapy
B. Minor motor seizures. Classical petit mal seizures must be documented by characteristic EEG pattern, plus
information as to age at onset and frequency of clinical seizures. Myoclonic seizures,
whether of the typical infantile or Lennox-gastaut variety after infancy, must also
be documented by the characteristic EEG pattern plus information as to age at onset
and frequency of seizures.
C. Motor dysfunction. As described in 111.06, motor dysfunction may be due to any neurological disorder.
It may be due to static or progressive conditions involving any area of the nervous
system and producing any type of neurological impairment. This may include weakness,
spasticity, lack of coordination, ataxia, tremor, athetosis, or sensory loss. Documentation
of motor dysfunction must include neurologic findings and description or type of neurologic
abnormality (e.g., spasticity, weakness), as well as a description of the child's
functional impairment (i.e., what the child is unable to do because of the abnormality).
Where a diagnosis has been made, evidence should be included for substantiation of
the diagnosis (e.g., blood chemistries and muscle biopsy reports), wherever applicable.
D. Impairment of communication. The documentation should include a description of a recent comprehensive evaluation,
including all areas of affective and effective communication, performed by a qualified
111.01 CATEGORY OF IMPAIRMENT, NEUROLOGICAL
111.02 Major motor seizure disorder.
A. Major motor seizures. In a child with an established seizure disorder, the occurrence of more than one major
motor seizure per month despite at least three months of prescribed treatment. With:
1. Daytime episodes (loss of consciousness and convulsive seizures); or
2. Nocturnal episodes manifesting residuals which interfere with activity during the
B. Major motor seizures. In a child with an seizure disorder, the occurrence of at least one major motor seizure
in the year prior to application despite at least three months of prescribed treatment.
And one of the following:
1. IQ of 70 or less; or
2. Significant interference with communication due to speech, hearing, or visual defect;
3. Significant emotional disorder; or
4. Where significant adverse effects of medication interfere with major daily activities.
111.03 Minor motor seizure disorder. In a child with an established seizure disorder, the occurrence of more than one
minor motor seizure per week, with alteration of awareness or loss of consciousness,
despite at least three months of prescribed treatment.
111.05 Brain Tumors
A. Malignant gliomas (astrocytoma—Grades III and IV, glioblastoma multiforme), medulloblastoma,
ependymoblastoma, primary sarcoma, or brain stem gliomas; or
B. Evaluate other brain tumors under the criteria for the resulting neurological impairment.
111.06 Motor dysfunction (due to any neurological disorder). Persistent disorganization or deficit of motor
function for age involving two extremities, which (despite prescribed therapy) interferes
with age-appropriate major daily activities and results in disruption of:
A. Fine and gross movements; or
B. Gait and station.
111.07 Cerebral Palsy. With:
A. Motor dysfunction meeting the requirements of 111.06 or 111.03; or
B. Less severe motor dysfunction (but more than slight) and one of the following:
1. IQ of 70 or less; or
2. Seizure disorder, with at least one major motor seizure in the year prior to application;
3. Significant interference with communication due to speech, hearing, or visual defect;
4. Significant emotional disorder.
111.08 Meningomyelocele (and related disorders). With one of the following despite prescribed treatment:
A. Motor dysfunction meeting the requirements of 111.03 or 111.06; or
B. Less severe motor dysfunction (but more than slight), and:
1. Urinary or fecal incontinence when inappropriate for age; or
2. IQ of 70 or less; or
C. Four extremity involvement; or
D. Noncompensated hydrocephalus producing interference with mental or motor developmental
111.09 Communication impairment, associated with documented neurological disorder. And one of the following:
A. Documented speech deficit which significantly affects the clarity and content of
the speech; or
B. Documented comprehension deficit resulting in ineffective verbal communication
for age; or
C. Impairment of hearing as described under the criteria in 102.08.