Digestive Diseases

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity
  • Number of adults with diagnosed ulcers: 14.8 million
  • Percent of adults with diagnosed ulcers: 5.9%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table A-4b, A-4c pdf icon[PDF – 137 KB]

Physician office visits
  • Number of visits to physician offices with diseases of the digestive system as the primary diagnosis: 22.4 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 14 pdf icon[PDF – 793 KB]

Emergency department visits
  • Number of visits to emergency departments with diseases of the digestive system as the primary diagnosis: 8.0 million

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 Emergency Department Summary Tables, table 11 pdf icon[PDF – 738 KB]

Page last reviewed: May 3, 2017