The VA awards disability compensation for Tuberculosis conditions that are service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected Tuberculosis 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.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that most commonly affects the lungs (pulmonary) but can also affect other organs (nonpulmonary). Tuberculosis is caused by an air-borne bacteria, and since Tuberculosis can affect so many different parts of the body, each case of Tuberculosis can cause very different symptoms.
The VASRD offers rating options for Tuberculosis based on the type and affected location.
To honor the Pyramiding Principle, ratings for Tuberculosis cannot be given in addition to ratings that cover the same symptoms. Thus, a rating for pulmonary tuberculosis cannot be rated in addition to a rating for chronic bronchitis or any other Respiratory System condition since they will all present with similar symptoms. In cases where Tuberculosis affects clearly separate systems and causes distinctly different symptoms, then multiple ratings can be given (see The Tuberculosis Ratings page for details and any exceptions).
The VASRD offers ratings for the following Tuberculosis conditions:
- Pulmonary Tuberculosis
- Tuberculosis of the Bones and Joints
- Tuberculosis of the Eye
- Miliary Tuberculosis
- Tuberculous laryngitis
- Tuberculosis of the Peritoneum
- Tuberculosis of the Kidney
- Tuberculosis of the Lymph Nodes
- Tuberculosis Luposa
- Tuberculous Addison’s Disease
If a Tuberculosis condition is not directly listed on the The Tuberculosis Ratings page, it is rated under the code that best describes it or allows its dominant symptoms to be rated.