These 5 digestive diseases led to 8.5M hospitalizations in 2010

Throughout the United States, healthcare facilities hospitalize millions of Americans to treat various digestive diseases.

The following five diseases led to a combined nearly 8.49 million hospitalizations in 2010, according to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases data.

Here is the breakdown:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease — 4.7 million
Liver disease — 1.2 million
Chronic constipation — 1.1 million
Diverticular disease — 814,000
Gallstone — 675,000

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