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ISSUE Entitlement to service connection for degenerative polyarthritis (claimed as degenerative joint disease), to include as secondary to service-connected hepatitis C. REPRESENTATION Veteran represented
VA) Regional Office (RO) in St. Louis, Missouri. FINDINGS OF FACT 1. The Veteran's hepatitis C was not manifest in active service; the Veteran's hepatitis C is not otherwise etiologically related
On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Los Angeles, California THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. 2. Entitlement to service connection for
to service connection for hepatitis A. 3. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. 4. Entitlement to an increased rating for chronic serum-type hepatitis (hepatitis B), evaluated as noncompensably
as due to an acquired psychiatric disorder. 3. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis A or B. 4. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. REPRESENTATION Appellant represented
dated decades after his separation from service. The Veteran does not contend that he was diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis C in service. Rather, he reports his hepatitis C is due to his intravenous
Here, the Veteran's service-connected hepatitis C is rated as 10 percent disabling under Diagnostic Code 7354, used for rating hepatitis C. 38 C.F.R. § 4.114 (2012). Historically, he was rated under
of a stroke to include as secondary to post-traumatic stress disorder. 3. Entitlement to specially adapted housing. 4. Entitlement to an initial compensable rating for hepatitis C. 5. Entitlement
between the claimed in-service injury and the veteran's hepatitis C. Medically recognized risk factors for hepatitis C include: (a) transfusion of blood or blood product before 1992; (b) organ transplant
for hepatitis C with rheumatological autoimmune disease; and, in turn, compensation for depressive disorder secondary to the Veteran's hepatitis C disability, entitlement to special monthly compensation,
hepatitis C is inextricably intertwined with the claim for service connection for hepatitis C. Therefore, the Board will defer its decision on the psychiatric claim pending the resolution of the hepatitis
ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for erectile dysfunction, to include as secondary to service-connected PTSD. 2. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. 3. Entitlement to service
manifested by multiple rectal abscesses, and hepatitis C. Medically recognized risk factors for hepatitis C include: (a) transfusion of blood or blood product before 1992; (b) organ transplant before 1992
before the Board. FINDINGS OF FACT 1. The preponderance of the evidence of record is against a causal link between the Veteran's currently manifested hepatitis C and active service or any in-service
On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Jackson, Mississippi THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to an increased initial rating for hepatitis C, currently rated as 10 percent disabling.
to service connection for hepatitis C. (As is noted in footnote 1 of the Joint Motion, the portion of the Board's May 2009 decision to reopen the hepatitis C claim is left undisturbed). The Joint Motion
3. Symptoms of the Veteran's hepatitis C most nearly approximated daily fatigue, malaise, and anorexia (without weight loss or hepatomegaly), requiring continuous medication. 4. The Veteran's hepatitis
hepatitis C did not manifest during active military service, and has not otherwise been shown to be related to service, to include as a result of air gun injections. CONCLUSION OF LAW Hepatitis C was
below. Regarding the hepatitis C, the rating period for this disability commences on October 23, 2000. During the course of the claim, the rating criteria for hepatitis C have changed, effective from
service connection for Hepatitis C, because there was no indication of Hepatitis C during service and no competent evidence that her current Hepatitis C is related to military service. 2. Evidence added
including tattoos during service, high risk sexual practices, and post-service intravenous drug use. Hepatitis C was diagnosed. The examiner opined that hepatitis C was less likely than not caused by
that he is entitled to service connection for hepatitis C on the basis of having contracted hepatitis C infection during one of his periods of service, or on the basis of his having had onset of hepatitis
ISSUE 1. Whether new and material evidence has been received to reopen a claim of service connection for hepatitis C. 2. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. 3. Entitlement to a disability
On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO) in Hartford, Connecticut THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for claimed hepatitis C. 2. Entitlement to service
to hepatitis C. Additionally, the separation examination from his last period of service shows a normal clinical evaluation. Therefore, neither hepatitis C nor symptoms attributed to hepatitis C were
for hiatal hernial. 3. Entitlement to service connection for a lumbar spine disability. 4. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. REPRESENTATION Veteran represented by: Disabled American
shows that the immediate cause of death was multifocal hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). The secondary cause was hepatitis C. 2. At the time of the Veteran's death, service connection was in
use and intranasal cocaine use are risk factors for hepatitis C. In addition, the records reflects that the Veteran was hospitalized for treatment of acute hepatitis, Australian antigen positive type,
is etiologically related to an injury or illness incurred during service. If the VA examination for the Veteran's hepatitis C revealed that hepatitis C was incurred during service, the examiner was asked
hepatitis C, with no evidence of cirrhosis. A subsequent liver biopsy done in November 2004 revealed evidence of chronic hepatitis C. Subsequent diagnoses of hepatitis C are also shown in the record.
excess of 30 percent for bilateral pes planus. 9. Entitlement to an initial compensable rating for right knee strain. 10. Entitlement to an initial compensable rating for hepatitis C with fibrosis.
RO originally denied service connection for hepatitis C in May 2006 on the basis that there was no current diagnosis of active hepatitis C, although the Veteran had screened positive for the hepatitis C
claim of entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C residuals is final; new and material evidence sufficient to reopen service connection for hepatitis C residuals has been received. 38 U.S.C.A.
for hepatitis C; accordingly, that claim is no longer in appellate status. As will be explained herein, in light of the award of service connection for hepatitis C, the matter of secondary service connection
evidence has been received to reopen a claim of service connection for a back disability. 7. Entitlement to a disability rating for hepatitis C in excess of 10 percent prior to December 31, 2007, and
ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. 2. Entitlement to service connection for a stomach disability, to include as secondary to hepatitis C. 3. Entitlement to service connection
he was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2001 or 2002, but that records relating to such diagnosis were not available. A review of the Veteran's STRs revealed no complaints or treatment for hepatitis C. His
1151 (West 2002) for hepatitis C or residuals thereof. In pertinent part, it is contended that the Veteran contracted hepatitis C as the result of the negligent administration of blood products and/or
factors associated with hepatitis B during service. 3. The Veteran does not have a current disability of hepatitis C. 4. The Veteran experienced none of the enumerated hepatitis C risk factors in service.
are negative for a diagnosis of hepatitis C or any indication of a liver disorder or other possible symptoms of hepatitis C. Moreover, the Veteran does not contend that he was diagnosed with hepatitis
excess of 70 percent for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 3. Entitlement to an initial rating in excess of 10 percent for hepatitis C. 4. Entitlement to a total disability rating based on individual
depressive disorder. 2. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. 3. Entitlement to compensation for hepatitis C, to include under 38 U.S.C.A. § 1151 due to surgery performed by VA in December
in favor of the Veteran, the Veteran's hepatitis C is related to active service. CONCLUSION OF LAW Hepatitis C was incurred in active service. 38 U.S.C.A. §§ 1110, 1154, 5107 (West 2002); 38 C.F.R.
disability. 11. Whether new and material evidence has been received to reopen a claim for service connection for a left knee disability. 12. Entitlement to service connection for hepatitis C. 13.
C being transmitted by an air gun transmission. The source of infection is unknown in about 10 percent of acute hepatitis C cases and in 30 percent of chronic hepatitis C cases. These infections may have
denied service connection for hepatitis C, and a January 2007 rating decision declined to reopen the claim for service connection for hepatitis C; the Veteran did not submit a notice of disagreement, or
diagnoses for both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Accordingly, element (1), current disability, is satisfied for both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. With respect to element (2), in-service disease or injury,
ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for a low back disability. 2. Entitlement to service connection for Raynaud's disease, to include as secondary to the service-connected hepatitis C. REPRESENTATION
Private medical records include a November 2003 note that stated the Veteran was discovered to have hepatitis C during hip surgery. In June 2007 the Veteran was accorded a compensation and pension (C
the course of the day. Physical examination of all systems was normal. The examiner assessed chronic fatigue (rule out other cause than hepatitis C) and referred the Veteran for a polysomnography. A
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