The Genitourinary System
The Genitourinary System Overview
The VA awards disability compensation for each Genitourinary System condition that is service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected Genitourinary System conditions as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the condition must have occurred in or resulted from an injury in the Line of Duty to qualify.
The Genitourinary System is in charge of getting rid of unwanted liquid waste in the body.
The Genitourinary System is comprised of two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, a urethra, and any genitals directly relating to urination (although the male testes are also included in the Genitourinary System codes). The kidneys filter the blood and turn the waste into urine. The ureters then take the urine to the bladder where it is stored before traveling through the urethra to the genitals leading to the outside of the body.
The process of the Genitourinary System is broken down into two parts: “renal” (the functioning of the kidneys, and “urinary” (the functioning of the ureters, bladder, and urethra).
To honor the Pyramiding Principle, only a single rating can be given for multiple Genitourinary System conditions that cause the same symptoms. If two Genitourinary System condition exists, each clearly affected a separate function (i.e. one renal and one urinary), then they can be rated separately. However, if a single Genitourinary System condition causes both renal and urinary symptoms, both cannot be rated. Only the rating system that results in the higher rating can be given. In most cases, multiple Genitourinary System conditions will be rated using all of the symptoms combined together, and the VA will choose the single code they feel best covers the overall Genitourinary System disability (see The Genitourinary System Ratings page for further details).
Genitourinary System Condition Ratings
The VASRD offers two main rating options for Genitourinary System conditions: the Urinary Rating System and the Renal Rating System. Additional ratings are given for conditions that do not strictly cause urinary and renal symptoms.
The VASRD offers ratings for the following conditions of the Genitourinary System:
- Conditions of the Bladder
- Conditions of the Urethra
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Conditions of the Epididymis and Prostate Glands
- Conditions of the Kidney
- Genitourinary System Passage Restrictions (hydronephrosis, stones, strictures, etc.)
- Conditions of the Penis and Testes
- Tuberculosis of the Genitourinary System
- Cancer and Tumors of the Genitourinary System
If a Genitourinary System condition is not directly listed, it is rated under the Genitourinary code that best describes it or its dominant symptoms.
In addition to or instead of the standard disability compensation for Genitourinary System conditions, complete loss of use of the reproductive organs may also qualify for Special Monthly Compensation.