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diagnosed with hepatitis C the following year. The Board observed that in a December 2009 VA medical opinion, the examiner noted that cases of hepatitis C from the use of unsterilized equipment had
to service connection for hepatitis C In the January 2020 decision, the Board directed the RO to afford the Veteran an examination and opinion for the Veteran s hepatitis C disability. A hepatitis
hepatitis C. In January 2015 the Veteran reported that he was diagnosed with hepatitis C in August 2014. In an April 2015 hepatology clinic visit, the Veteran reported the approximate date of his hepatitis
at least as likely as not. As rationale, she stated that hepatitis C does not affect eyesight and that there is no medical literature that supports the idea that hepatitis C affects eyesight. As this opinion
service connection for multiple sclerosis is denied. Entitlement to service connection for headaches is denied. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is denied. Entitlement to an
for left foot disability is denied. Entitlement to service connection for liver disease, to include hepatitis C, is denied. FINDINGS OF FACT 1. The Veteran s right foot disability did not originate
C. Thereafter, in an October 2008 rating decision, the RO denied the service connection claims for hypertension, heart disability, and hepatitis C, denied a rating higher than 10 percent for a right
18, 2020 ORDER Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is denied. FINDING OF FACT Hepatitis C was not incurred in or aggravated by service. CONCLUSION OF LAW The criteria for
now returns to the Board for further consideration. 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C The Veteran contends that he has hepatitis C from service as a result of shared razors, donating
anxiety disorder. See Clemons v. Shinseki, 23 Vet. App. 1 (2009). 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C The Veteran asserts that his hepatitis C was caused by jet gun inoculations,
these 1971 symptoms were less likely than not the first indication of hepatitis C because the Veteran did not experience symptoms reflective of hepatitis C. For example, the examiner stated that hepatitis
REMANDED The issue of service connection for an acquired psychiatric disorder, to include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is remanded. The issue of service connection for hepatitis C is remanded.
Veteran was also seeking service connection for hepatitis C. The Veteran contended that his hepatitis C is likely from his in-service air-gun injections for vaccinations, sexual contact, and/or exposure
the Veteran s hepatitis C has shown to be nonsymptomatic. CONCLUSION OF LAW The criteria for entitlement to a compensable rating for service-connected hepatitis C, for accrued benefits purposes,
treatment records reflect the presence of and treatment for hepatitis C. A February 2015 VA examiner opined that the Veteran s hepatitis C was not related to in-service intranasal cocaine use, but did
considered in docket number order but may be advanced if sufficient cause is shown. See 38 U.S.C. § 7107(a)(2); 38 C.F.R. § 20.902(c). Here, the Board finds that good cause was shown, and as such, the
Citation Nr: A20019437 Decision Date: 12/30/20 Archive Date: 12/30/20 DOCKET NO. 200212-62295 DATE: December 30, 2020 ORDER 1. Entitlement to service connection for diabetes mellitus type II
connection for hepatitis C is denied. The Veteran contends that he is entitled to service connection for hepatitis C. Specifically, he alleges that he contracted hepatitis C as a result of or during
cured of chronic hepatitis c infection." The Veteran was afforded a VA hepatitis, cirrhosis and other liver conditions examination in March 2019. Diagnoses of hepatitis c and cirrhosis of the liver
3.344(c). Diagnostic code 7354 provides for six levels of hepatitis C disability, but each level requires serologic evidence of hepatitis C infection and signs and symptoms due to hepatitis C. 38 C.F.R.
C with cirrhosis of the liver is granted. FINDING OF FACT From July 13, 2016, the Veteran's hepatitis C with cirrhosis of the liver has been manifested by abdominal pain, weakness, and malaise. It
during service, is it at least as likely as not that cirrhosis is due to or caused by hepatitis C? (d). If the answers to (a) through (c) are negative, and you find that current hepatitis C as likely
7, 2010, is granted. REMANDED Service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. Service connection for a kidney disorder, including as due to hepatitis C, is remanded. A higher initial rating
the sole risk factor for the Veteran s hepatitis C. The examiner opined that it is at least as likely as not that the Veteran s hepatitis C is from drug usage while in military service. The examiner
and Prevention (CDC) information on hepatitis C, which is found at https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/. The CDC webpage refers to studies that show hepatitis C can become a long-term chronic infection.
the Veteran currently has a diagnosis with hepatitis C. An August 2019 VA examination report noted a diagnosis of hepatitis C. In addition, the Veteran contends that he was exposed to hepatitis C in-
Veteran s hepatitis C diagnosis that the Veteran s hepatitis C is less likely than not incurred in or caused by service. The examiner provided that hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the
under 38 C.F.R. § 4.114, Diagnostic Code 7354, when there is serologic evidence of hepatitis C infection and the following signs and symptoms due to hepatitis C infection. A noncompensable rating is assigned
syndrome have not been met. 38 U.S.C. §§ 1110, 5107; 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.102, 3.303, 3.304 (2019). 5. The criteria for compensation under 38 U.S.C. § 1151 for hepatitis C have not been met. 38 U.S.C.
examination, show no complaints of or treatment for any liver disability, to include hepatitis C. The evidence establishes a diagnosis of chronic hepatitis C that was first diagnosed in 2008. See 2008
v. Brown, 6 Vet. App. 35 (1993). 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. The Veteran asserts he is entitled to service connection for hepatitis C, to include as due to
connection for hepatitis C. During his August 2017 hearing, he testified he was diagnosed with hepatitis non-A and non-B in the mid-1990s, which was later named hepatitis C. He reported receiving
connection for hepatitis C The Veteran contends that he has hepatitis C which began during active service, or is otherwise related to service. Initially, the Veteran has had diagnoses of hepatitis C
literature discussing the epidemiology and transmission of the hepatitis C virus infection and listed the odds ratio of hepatitis C transmission among several types of risk factors to include intravenous
pes planus and degenerative joint disease with calluses (bilateral foot disability) is denied. Entitlement to service connection for Hepatitis C is denied. Entitlement to service connection for obstructive
17, 2020 ORDER Entitlement to service connection for a respiratory disability, to include sleep apnea, is denied. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is denied. Entitlement to
with hepatitis C in 2002, noting they did not have the ability to diagnose hepatitis C in 1975. The examiner opined that hepatitis C was not diagnosed during the Veteran s service and was less likely
community at that time. He did not have any symptoms of hepatitis on separation but there are not always symptoms associated with hepatitis C. However if he had contracted hepatitis C at the same time
to service connection for narcolepsy is granted. REMANDED Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. Entitlement to service connection for enlarged prostate gland is remanded.
an air gun for immunization in the military was a risk factor for hepatitis C. The examiner opined that the Veteran s hepatitis C was more likely than not caused by or a result of the air shot gun used
to reopen service connection for hepatitis C. REASONS FOR REMAND 1. Hepatitis C. The Veteran contends that service connection is warranted for hepatitis C. The Board notes that the Veteran is service
her service-connected hepatitis C or polyarthritis, to include medications taken for the condition. The examiner indicated that the Veteran was infected with hepatitis C in 1983 and was diagnosed in 1990.
to retire as he looked like a corpse walking down the hall. The Veteran stated that his hepatitis C, HIV and hepatitis B are due to the exposures in his personal and professional life during service.
to service connection for hepatitis C is granted. REMANDED The issue of service connection for PTSD is remanded. The issue of service connection for hepatitis C is remanded. FINDINGS OF FACT
C following a Hepatitis C PCR test in April 1998. In support of the claim, in July 2017, the appellant has submitted certain treatises that refer to the transmission of hepatitis C to and through healthcare
connection for hypertension. VA has received new and material evidence to reopen a claim of service connection for Hepatitis C. VA has received new and material evidence to reopen a claim of entitlement
2017, the Veteran indicated that he was only appealing the denial of service connection for hepatitis C. The AOJ issued the SOC addressing hepatitis C in July 2017 and the Veteran perfected his appeal in
abdominal pain as well as hot and cold spells. The examiner noted that the Veteran had radiation therapy for Hepatitis C, and the Hepatitis C has resolved. The examiner also indicated that that continuous
but rather diagnosed the Veteran with hepatis C and fibrosis. The VA examiner opined that the Veteran s fibrosis was secondary to the Veteran s hepatitis C. See November 2019 C&P Exam. The Board
Veteran contends that service connection is warranted for hepatitis C. After review of the evidence, both lay and medical, the Board finds that service connection for hepatitis C is denied. The existence
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