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the evidence of record clearly establishes that the Veteran has been diagnosed with hepatitis C. Specifically, VA treatment records indicate that he was diagnosed with hepatitis C in February 2013. Therefore,
OF FACT Resolving reasonable doubt in the Veteran s favor, his hepatitis C was at least as likely as not related to service. CONCLUSIONS OF LAW The criteria for service connection for hepatitis C are
to service connection for hepatitis C. June 27, 2018 ORDER Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is granted. FINDING OF FACT Resolving reasonable doubt in the Veteran s favor, his hepatitis
the Veteran, the Board finds that hepatitis C is causally related to service, and that cirrhosis of the liver developed as secondary to hepatitis C. In sum, service connection for both hepatitis C and
well as 2 failed kidney transplants in 1983 and 2004, respectively. The examiner noted that the Veteran had a diagnosis of hepatitis C and noted the risk factors for hepatitis C were organ transplant prior
that he has any hepatitis C symptoms that have resulted in functional impairment in earning capacity.   CONCLUSION OF LAW The criteria for service connection for hepatitis C (claimed as hepatitis non-
hepatitis; hepatitis B was previously called serum hepatitis; and hepatitis C was previously called non-A non-B hepatitis. Hepatitis C is clinically asymptomatic as an acute disease; chronic disease develops
and that there was a December 2007 diagnosis of hepatitis C. He opined that the hepatitis C was not due to military service and explained that he found no information in the Veteran s file did not identify
discharge[d] from the military. He has recently completed new treatment for his hepatitis-C and his last Liver clinic note states that his final blood test shows that his hepatitis-C is now not detectable
disability is granted. A rating in excess of 20 percent for hepatitis C for the period prior to October 11, 2008, is denied. A 40 percent rating (but no higher) for hepatitis C for the period from October
to his hepatitis C. The medical evidence suggests current hepatitis B and hepatitis C diagnoses. Thus, the Board has recharacterized the claim to include both hepatitis B and hepatitis C. In an October
is of record. 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. The Veteran initially contended his hepatitis C resulted from immunizations in service. He now contends his hepatitis C
remand directive. 3. Entitlement to service connection for Hepatitis C is remanded. The Board finds that the issue of service connection for Hepatitis C is inextricably intertwined with the claim for
etiology of his hepatitis C and acquired psychiatric disorder. In this case, the record shows the Veteran has been diagnosed with hepatitis C. The Veteran has contended he contracted hepatitis C while
for hepatitis C with liver damage is remanded. The Board finds that remand is necessary to obtain an addendum opinion regarding etiology of the Veteran s hepatitis C. The Veteran was afforded a VA examination
over it, and it is referred to the AOJ for appropriate action. 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. The Veteran is seeking service connection for hepatitis C. Before a decision
Citation Nr: 18122062 Decision Date: 07/27/18 Archive Date: 07/27/18 DOCKET NO. 14-32 264 DATE: July 27, 2018 REMANDED Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. Entitlement
The Veteran has current Hepatitis C, documented on VA examination in August 2014. Medically recognized risk factors for hepatitis C include: (a) transfusion of blood or blood product before 1992; (b) organ
reported a provisional diagnosis of hepatitis C. The note also reported that the Veteran had a history of hepatitis C since 1995: hepatitis c reactive 1995 not seen by infectious disease (doctor) in
to include Hepatitis C The Veteran contends his Hepatitis C is related to service, to include excessive drinking. He has testified that the drinking led to drug use, causing hepatitis, and that the drinking
as a possible risk factors for contracting hepatitis C. However, VA recognizes risk factors for contracting hepatitis C to include accidental exposure to blood. Lastly neither physician provided an opinion
connection for hepatitis C is granted. FINDING OF FACTS 1. In an August 1998 rating decision, the RO denied the claim of entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C on the basis that there was
thrombocytopenia, and a 20 percent for hepatitis C with cirrhosis of the liver. The Board awarded a 40 percent rating, above, for hepatitis C with cirrhosis of the liver. The record shows that prior to
rating decision. 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. The Veteran asserts that his hepatitis C was incurred in service. Alternatively, he asserts that it is secondary to his service-
July 25, 2018 ORDER Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is granted. Entitlement to service connection for cirrhosis of the liver, claimed as secondary to hepatitis C, is granted. FINDINGS
26, 2018 ORDER Entitlement to service connection for an acquired psychiatric disorder is granted. REMANDED Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. FINDINGS OF FACT 1. A psychiatric
this decision, arguing that a separate rating was warranted for his newly service-connected hepatitis C. By way of history, the RO granted service connection for hepatitis A by rating decision dated in
hepatitis C, and that the evidence is in equipoise regarding his hypertension claim. Accordingly, the Board grants the appeal. 1. Hepatitis C The Veteran alleges that his hepatitis C was transmitted
employment in his chosen field was hepatitis C. The representative argued that this statement indicated that the RO conceded that the Veteran was unemployable due to hepatitis C. The Board finds this
for determining entitlement to service connection. In this case, there is no evidence or suggestion of evidence that the Veteran had hepatitis C during service; the first record of a hepatitis C diagnosis
fatigue. Based on a July 2014 laboratory study, it was determined that the Veteran was negative for hepatitis C viral titers. The examiner opined that the Veteran s hepatitis C was less likely than
and, while transmission of hepatitis C was biologically plausible, there is no scientific evidence that documents transmission of hepatitis C with air gun injectors. The Veteran s service treatment
See January 2015 Board decision (granting an increase to 40 percent for hepatitis C throughout the claims period ); March 2015 rating decision (effectuating the 40 percent increase for hepatitis C,
Vet. App. 49, 53 (1990). 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C The Veteran asserts that he is entitled to service connection for hepatitis C because he did not have the disease before service,
Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. The Veteran contends that he incurred hepatitis C during his military service as a result of being stabbed in the neck or due to sexual activity that
for hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver. As noted above, the appellant contends that the cholangiocarcinoma which produced his death was secondary to his hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver. The
Citation Nr: 18119196 Decision Date: 07/18/18 Archive Date: 07/18/18 DOCKET NO. 17-18 044 DATE: July 18, 2018 ORDER Service connection for hepatitis C is granted. FINDING OF FACT Hepatitis C is
and material; reopening of the Veteran s claim of entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is therefore not warranted. 38 U.S.C. §§ 5108, 7105(c) (West 2014); 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.156, 20.1103
exposure, and as secondary to service connected PTSD with alcohol abuse disability is denied. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C, to include as secondary to service connected PTSD with alcohol
C, and evidence shows that the Veteran had risk factors that cause hepatitis C while in service, the preponderance of the evidence weighs against finding that the Veteran s diagnosis of hepatitis C began
as secondary to hepatitis C is granted. REMANDED Entitlement to an increased rating in excess of 10 percent for hepatitis C. is remanded. FINDINGS OF FACT 1. Bilateral hearing loss is etiologically
for hepatitis C. The Veteran is seeking to reopen the claim of service connection for hepatitis C. In submitted statements and oral testimony, the Veteran contends that he contracted hepatitis C while
served on active duty from August 1967 to August 1970. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C The Veteran contends that his hepatitis C was incurred during his active military service. The
the Veteran had newly diagnosed hepatitis B and C. At a March 2008 RO hearing, the Veteran testified that he believed he contracted hepatitis C from air gun vaccinations. He stated that he had only had
for an unspecified respiratory condition (also claimed as a pulmonary disease and asthma) is not reopened. Entitlement to service connection for Hepatitis C is denied. Entitlement to service connection
reflux disease (GERD) is dismissed. Entitlement to an effective date of May 26, 2010, for the award of an increased disability rating of 60 percent for Hepatitis C is granted. Entitlement to an effective
C. The examiner concluded that the Veteran s hepatitis C is due to his post-service drug abuse. The above medical opinion indicates that there is no nexus between the Veteran s hepatitis C and his
In a similar manner, the Veteran has filed a prior claim for hepatitis that was denied in a now final rating decision but also has a current original service connection claim for hepatitis C. The Board
to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is denied. Service connection for hepatitis C is denied. Service connection for dental disability, claimed as dental injury due to a personal assault
for hypertension is denied. REASONS FOR REMAND Hepatitis C The evidence indicates the Veteran s hepatitis C symptoms have increased in severity since the Veteran was last examined by VA in September
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