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