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Hospitalizations For GERD Up By 103 Percent
In patients with GERD, stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, causing extreme, chronic heartburn. If untreated, GERD can cause esophageal disorders such as bleeding, trouble swallowing, Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition, and in extreme cases, cancer of the esophagus.
AHRQ also found that:
-- Hospitalizations specifically for GERD increased roughly 5 percent, as a whole, during the period from roughly 91,000 to 95,000.
-- Among these, admissions of patients who had severe symptoms, such as anemia, vomiting and weight loss, increased by 39 percent. Hospitalizations for patients with less serious symptoms, such as hoarseness and chronic coughing, bloating, or belching, rose 43 percent.
-- Hospitalizations for GERD in children ages 2 to 17 rose by 84 percent during the period, and 42 percent for infants under age 2.
This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on data in "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Hospitalizations in 1998 and 2005". The report uses statistics from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital inpatient stays that is nationally representative of inpatient stays in all short-term, non-Federal hospitals. The data are drawn from hospitals that comprise 90 percent of all discharges in the United States and include all patients, regardless of insurance type, as well as the uninsured.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
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Rockville, MD 20850
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