I have researched this Forum and other sites and have not found much information on benign growths on the brain. I think because they are not that common.
I submitted my BDD claim in May and retired 1 July 2012. I have had my C&Ps and my claim is in the Prep for Decision phase. I claimed about 30 conditions so I expect it will be awhile before I hear anything.
While still on active duty the growth was discovered incidental to an MRI for a sudden hearing loss, likely due to a virus attacking the blood vessels in my left ear. The MRI did not show anything relating to my hearing loss but did find a growth on my brain stem. It was followed up with another MRI, CT scan and consults with a Neurosurgeon.
Since it is on the brain stem it likely cannot be surgically removed. It does not appear to be causing me any issues at this point. I do occasionally have some minor buckling in my left leg but it’s had to know if it is associated with the growth. I mentioned it to my Dr. and the C&P examiner.
The Neurosurgeon advised that I get a MRI every 6 to 12 months to monitor and if it enlarges than something will need to be done. It could stay the way it is, then no real physical problem.
My question is: Does just the existence of the brain growth rate a 60% as per 38 CFR Book C? I could see the leg buckling rating 10% if attributed to the growth.
Brain, new growth of:
8003 Benign, minimum…….60
Rate residuals, minimum…….10