Burden of GI Diseases in U.S.

A useful article (AF Peery et al. Gastroenterol 2015; 149: 1731-41) provides data on the huge impact that GI & Liver diseases have.

Here are some key findings:

Leading GI symptoms (Ambulatory visits) in 2010 (Table 1):

  • Abdominal pain 27.1 million
  • Diarrhea 5.6 million
  • Vomiting 5.5 million
  • Nausea 4.7 million
  • Bleeding 3.6 million

Most Common Diagnosis from Hospital Admissions in 2012 (Table 5):

  • GI hemorrhage 507,440 admissions
  • Cholelithiasis with cholecystitis 389,180 admissions
  • Acute pancreatitis 275,170 admissions
  • Intestinal obstruction 256,775 admissions
  • Appendicitis 248,080 admissions
  • Chronic liver disease/viral hepatitis 243,170 admissions

Causes of Death in U.S. in 2012 (Table 7):

  • Colorectal cancer 51,139
  • Pancreatic cancer 38,797
  • Liver/bile duct cancer 22,973
  • Cirrhosis 17,495
  • Alcoholic liver disease 17,419
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