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Title 38Chapter IPart 4

TITLE 38—Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief





Essentials of evaluative rating.
Interpretation of examination reports.
Resolution of reasonable doubt.
Evaluation of evidence.
Higher of two evaluations.
Congenital or developmental defects.
Functional impairment.
Effect of change of diagnosis.
Avoidance of pyramiding.
Total disability ratings.
Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual.
Total disability ratings for pension based on unemployability and age of the individual.
Misconduct etiology.
Age in service-connected claims.
Analogous ratings.
Application of rating schedule.
Rating of disabilities aggravated by active service.
Attitude of rating officers.
Combined ratings table.
Bilateral factor.
Use of diagnostic code numbers.
Prestabilization rating from date of discharge from service.
Ratings for service-connected disabilities requiring hospital treatment or observation.
Convalescent ratings.
Zero percent evaluations.


The Musculoskeletal System

Functional loss.
History of injury.
Complete medical examination of injury cases.
The bones.
The joints.
Accurate measurement.
Principles of combined ratings for muscle injuries.
Evaluation of muscle disabilities.
Static foot deformities.
Arthritis due to strain.
Painful motion.
Circulatory disturbances.
Loss of use of hand or foot.
Loss of use of both buttocks.
Sacroiliac joint.
Pelvic bones.
Amputation rule.
Dominant hand.
Inadequate examinations.
Measurement of ankylosis and joint motion.
Schedule of ratings—musculoskeletal system.
Schedule of ratings—muscle injuries.

The Organs of Special Sense

General considerations for evaluating visual impairment.
Visual acuity.
Computation of average concentric contraction of visual fields.
Visual fields.
Muscle function.
Schedule of ratings—eye.

Impairment of Auditory Acuity

Evaluation of hearing impairment.
Exceptional patterns of hearing impairment.
Schedule of ratings—ear.
Schedule of ratings—other sense organs.

Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies

Chronic fatigue syndrome.
Schedule of ratings—infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies.
Ratings for inactive nonpulmonary tuberculosis initially entitled after August 19, 1968.
Ratings for inactive nonpulmonary tuberculosis in effect on August 19, 1968.

The Respiratory System

Special provisions regarding evaluation of respiratory conditions.
Schedule of ratings—respiratory system.

The Cardiovascular System

Application of the evaluation criteria for diagnostic codes 7000-7007, 7011, and 7015-7020.
Schedule of ratings—cardiovascular system.

The Digestive System

Postgastrectomy syndromes.
Weight loss.
Coexisting abdominal conditions.
Schedule of ratings—digestive system.

The Genitourinary System

Ratings of the genitourinary system—dysfunctions.
Ratings of the genitourinary system—diagnoses.

Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast

Schedule of ratings—gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast.

The Hemic and Lymphatic Systems

Schedule of ratings—hemic and lymphatic systems.

The Skin

Schedule of ratings—skin.

The Endocrine System

Schedule of ratings—endocrine system.

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders

Evaluations by comparison.
Identification of epilepsy.
Psychomotor epilepsy.
Neuritis, cranial or peripheral.
Neuralgia, cranial or peripheral.
Schedule of ratings—neurological conditions and convulsive disorders.

Mental Disorders

Diagnosis of mental disorders.
Evaluation of disability from mental disorders.
Intellectual disability (intellectual developmental disorder) and personality disorders.
Convalescence ratings following extended hospitalization.
Mental disorders due to traumatic stress.
Schedule of ratings—Mental disorders.

Dental and Oral Conditions

Schedule of ratings—dental and oral conditions.
Appendix A to Part 4—Table of Amendments and Effective Dates Since 1946
Appendix B to Part 4—Numerical Index of Disabilities
Appendix C to Part 4—Alphabetical Index of Disabilities

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