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Top 100 reasons for emergency room visits

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    Top 100 reasons for emergency room visits

    Casual viewers of prime-time television programs like “Grey’s Anatomy” or “The Resident” might be forgiven for thinking their local ER is loaded with victims of car crashes, explosions, and other dramatic events on a daily basis. The reality, however, is a little more mundane. While emergency rooms across the country certainly deal with all manner of serious conditions, the fact is quite a few of the patients who come into the ER are there for relatively minor, non-life-threatening reasons.

    Stacker analyzed data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to determine the 100 most common reasons for emergency room visits in the United States. The data, which was last updated in 2014, gives some fascinating insight into ER usage in America. Some visits, like those for sprains or fatigue, were non-emergent (a growing problem in American medical care). Others were for much more serious conditions. Think you can guess the top 10? Read on to see the full list—no spoilers, but we bet our #1 isn’t what you think it is!

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  • #100. Medical examination/evaluation
    2/ No Attribution Required // Pxhere

    #100. Medical examination/evaluation

    Total number of visits: 247,120
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 78

  • #99. Disease of mouth, excluding dental
    3/ Laurie Dexter // Wikicommons

    #99. Disease of mouth, excluding dental

    Total number of visits: 249,374
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 78

  • #98. Other infections, including parasitic
    4/ NIH Clinical Center // Flickr

    #98. Other infections, including parasitic

    Total number of visits: 256,766
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 81

  • #97. Other complications of birth, puerperium affecting management of the mother
    5/ Tatiana VDB // Flickr

    #97. Other complications of birth, puerperium affecting management of the mother

    Total number of visits: 257,848
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 81

  • #96. Other screening for suspected conditions (not mental disorders or infectious disease)
    6/ Romaset // Shutterstock

    #96. Other screening for suspected conditions (not mental disorders or infectious disease)

    Total number of visits: 258,147
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 81

  • #95. Transient cerebral ischemia
    7/ HQuality // Shutterstock

    #95. Transient cerebral ischemia

    Total number of visits: 269,156
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 84

  • #94. Other circulatory disease
    8/ Wapcaplet // Wikicommons

    #94. Other circulatory disease

    Total number of visits: 285,685
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 90

  • #93. Phlebitis, thrombophlebitis and thromboembolism
    9/ Sasint // Pixabay

    #93. Phlebitis, thrombophlebitis and thromboembolism

    Total number of visits: 290,076
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 91

  • #92. Abdominal hernia
    10/ Casa nayafana // Shutterstock

    #92. Abdominal hernia

    Total number of visits: 305,331
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 96

  • #91. Skull and face fractures
    11/ eldar nurkovic // Shutterstock

    #91. Skull and face fractures

    Total number of visits: 307,521
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 96

  • #90. Ovarian cyst
    12/ CMSRC // Wikicommons

    #90. Ovarian cyst

    Total number of visits: 310,713
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 97

  • #89. Acute and chronic tonsillitis
    13/ Skeeze // Pixabay

    #89. Acute and chronic tonsillitis

    Total number of visits: 316,355
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 99

  • #88. Fracture of neck of femur (hip)
    14/ Booyabazooka // Wikicommons

    #88. Fracture of neck of femur (hip)

    Total number of visits: 321,708
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 101

  • #87. Anemia
    15/ James Heilmann // Wikicommons

    #87. Anemia

    Total number of visits: 324,745
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 102

  • #86. Other eye disorders
    16/ Christopher Boitz // Wikicommons

    #86. Other eye disorders

    Total number of visits: 330,150
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 104

  • #85. Hypertension with complications and secondary hypertension
    17/ Stevepb // Pixabay

    #85. Hypertension with complications and secondary hypertension

    Total number of visits: 336,272
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 106

  • #84. Poisoning by nonmedicinal substances
    18/ Artistic Operations // Pixabay

    #84. Poisoning by nonmedicinal substances

    Total number of visits: 339,725
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 107

  • #83. Appendicitis and other appendiceal conditions
    19/ Derneuemann // Pixabay

    #83. Appendicitis and other appendiceal conditions

    Total number of visits: 346,825
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 109

  • #82. Mycoses
    20/ NEC Corp of America // Flickr

    #82. Mycoses

    Total number of visits: 360,999
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 113

  • #81. Diabetes mellitus without complication
    21/ Reversing your Diabetes today // wikicommons

    #81. Diabetes mellitus without complication

    Total number of visits: 371,185
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 116

  • #80. Menstrual disorders
    22/ US Dept of Agriculture // Flickr

    #80. Menstrual disorders

    Total number of visits: 376,243
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 118

  • #79. Respiratory failure, insufficiency, arrest (adult)
    23/ Arcadian // Wikicommons

    #79. Respiratory failure, insufficiency, arrest (adult)

    Total number of visits: 379,269
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 119

  • #78. Intestinal obstruction without hernia
    24/ Official US Navy // Flickr

    #78. Intestinal obstruction without hernia

    Total number of visits: 391,692
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 123

  • #77. Coronary atherosclerosis
    25/ NIH // Wikicommons

    #77. Coronary atherosclerosis

    Total number of visits: 392,003
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 123

  • #76. Burns
    26/ Bruce Blaus // Wikicommons

    #76. Burns

    Total number of visits: 401,445
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 126

  • #75. Pancreatic disorders (not diabetes)
    27/ Ghcassell // Pixabay

    #75. Pancreatic disorders (not diabetes)

    Total number of visits: 403,329
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 127

  • #74. Esophageal disorders
    28/ CNX OpenStax // Wikicommons

    #74. Esophageal disorders

    Total number of visits: 415,466
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 130

  • #73. Poisoning by other medications and drugs
    29/ No attribution required // Maxpixel

    #73. Poisoning by other medications and drugs

    Total number of visits: 422,833
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 133

  • #72. Intestinal infection
    30/ No Attribution Required // Pixnio

    #72. Intestinal infection

    Total number of visits: 472,936
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 148

  • #71. Inflammatory disease of female pelvic organs
    31/ TipsTimesAdimin // Flickr

    #71. Inflammatory disease of female pelvic organs

    Total number of visits: 473,080
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 148

  • #70. Acute and unspecified renal failure
    32/ phugunfire // Shutterstock

    #70. Acute and unspecified renal failure

    Total number of visits: 482,616
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 151

  • #69. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
    33/ No Attribution Required // Pxhere

    #69. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis

    Total number of visits: 483,770
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 152

  • #68. Joint disorders and dislocations, trauma-related
    34/ Hellerhoff // Wikicommons

    #68. Joint disorders and dislocations, trauma-related

    Total number of visits: 506,865
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 159

  • #67. Administrative/social admission
    35/ WM Rapids // Wikicommons

    #67. Administrative/social admission

    Total number of visits: 522,717
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 164

  • #66. Malaise and fatigue
    36/ Ivan Obolensky // Pexels

    #66. Malaise and fatigue

    Total number of visits: 538,644
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 169

  • #65. Acute myocardial infarction
    37/ No Attribution Required // Maxpixel

    #65. Acute myocardial infarction

    Total number of visits: 560,223
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 176

  • #64. Complication of device, implant or graft
    38/ KVDP // Wikicommons

    #64. Complication of device, implant or graft

    Total number of visits: 567,978
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 178

  • #63. Other fractures
    39/ Pagemaker787 // Wikicommons

    #63. Other fractures

    Total number of visits: 616,450
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 193

  • #62. Gastritis and duodenitis
    40/ Khaoniewping // Shutterstock

    #62. Gastritis and duodenitis

    Total number of visits: 617,969
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 194

  • #61. Other female genital disorders
    41/ Yuttana Jaowattana // Shutterstock

    #61. Other female genital disorders

    Total number of visits: 628,696
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 197

  • #60. Hemorrhage during pregnancy, abruptio placenta, placenta previa
    42/ Tammra M // Flickr

    #60. Hemorrhage during pregnancy, abruptio placenta, placenta previa

    Total number of visits: 657,061
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 206

  • #59. Acute cerebrovascular disease
    43/ NIH // Wikicommons

    #59. Acute cerebrovascular disease

    Total number of visits: 665,962
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 209

  • #58. Other ear and sense organ disorders
    44/ Christopher Toon // Wikicommons

    #58. Other ear and sense organ disorders

    Total number of visits: 700,376
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 220

  • #57. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
    45/ No attribution required // Pexels

    #57. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage

    Total number of visits: 701,981
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 220

  • #56. Substance-related disorders
    46/ Rebcenter // Wikicommons

    #56. Substance-related disorders

    Total number of visits: 702,734
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 220

  • #55. Biliary tract disease
    47/ Jmarchn // Wikicommons

    #55. Biliary tract disease

    Total number of visits: 707,356
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 222

  • #54. Complications of surgical procedures or medical care
    48/ ShutterOK // Shutterstock

    #54. Complications of surgical procedures or medical care

    Total number of visits: 714,900
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 224

  • #53. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
    49/ No attribution required // Pexels

    #53. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders

    Total number of visits: 767,102
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 241

  • #52. Influenza
    50/ No attribution required // Pexels

    #52. Influenza

    Total number of visits: 782,665
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 246

  • #51. Intracranial injury
    51/ No attribution required // Pixabay

    #51. Intracranial injury

    Total number of visits: 795,203
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 249

  • #50. Inflammation, infection of eye (except that caused by tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases)
    52/ Michael Fedderson // Wikicommons

    #50. Inflammation, infection of eye (except that caused by tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases)

    Total number of visits: 815,080
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 256

  • #49. Diabetes mellitus with complications
    53/ pittawut // Shutterstock

    #49. Diabetes mellitus with complications

    Total number of visits: 819,637
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 257

  • #48. Essential hypertension
    54/ Open Stax // Wikicommons

    #48. Essential hypertension

    Total number of visits: 831,977
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 261

  • #47. Genitourinary symptoms and ill-defined conditions
    55/ Juanua Martin // Pixabay

    #47. Genitourinary symptoms and ill-defined conditions

    Total number of visits: 853,831
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 268

  • #46. Other upper respiratory disease
    56/ No Attribution Required // Pixnio

    #46. Other upper respiratory disease

    Total number of visits: 914,241
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 287

  • #45. Other aftercare
    57/ Wonderlane // Flickr

    #45. Other aftercare

    Total number of visits: 920,511
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 289

  • #44. Congestive heart failure, nonhypertensive
    58/ Africa Studio // Shutterstock

    #44. Congestive heart failure, nonhypertensive

    Total number of visits: 998,700
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 313

  • #43. Other skin disorders
    59/ pumatokoh // Shutterstock

    #43. Other skin disorders

    Total number of visits: 1,022,648
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 321

  • #42. Fracture of lower limb
    60/ Nevit Dilman // Wikicommons

    #42. Fracture of lower limb

    Total number of visits: 1,034,462
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 324

  • #41. Anxiety disorders
    61/ No attribution required// Maxpixel

    #41. Anxiety disorders

    Total number of visits: 1,055,444
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 331

  • #40. Fluid and electrolyte disorders
    62/ Laurel Russworm // Flickr

    #40. Fluid and electrolyte disorders

    Total number of visits: 1,089,760
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 342

  • #39. Epilepsy, convulsions
    63/ Goldsithney // Shutterstock

    #39. Epilepsy, convulsions

    Total number of visits: 1,135,573
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 356

  • #38. Residual codes, unclassified
    64/ Bdfd // Wikicommons

    #38. Residual codes, unclassified

    Total number of visits: 1,226,147
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 385

  • #37. Syncope
    65/ Vic // Flickr

    #37. Syncope

    Total number of visits: 1,231,389
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 386

  • #36. Noninfectious gastroenteritis
    66/ Koldunova Anna // Shutterstock

    #36. Noninfectious gastroenteritis

    Total number of visits: 1,234,604
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 387

  • #35. Conditions associated with dizziness or vertigo
    67/ Photorama // Pixabay

    #35. Conditions associated with dizziness or vertigo

    Total number of visits: 1,260,172
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 395

  • #34. Calculus of urinary tract
    68/ Engin Akyurt // Pixabay

    #34. Calculus of urinary tract

    Total number of visits: 1,278,974
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 401

  • #33. Septicemia (except in labor)
    69/ Skeeze // Pixabay

    #33. Septicemia (except in labor)

    Total number of visits: 1,405,463
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 441

  • #32. Acute bronchitis
    70/ Bruce Blaus // Wikicommons

    #32. Acute bronchitis

    Total number of visits: 1,420,965
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 446

  • #31. Fever of unknown origin
    71/ No attribution required // Maxpixel

    #31. Fever of unknown origin

    Total number of visits: 1,442,629
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 452

  • #30. Mood disorders
    72/ Intgr // Wikicommons

    #30. Mood disorders

    Total number of visits: 1,447,172
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 454

  • #29. Alcohol-related disorders
    73/ Chris Yarzab // Flickr

    #29. Alcohol-related disorders

    Total number of visits: 1,458,144
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 457

  • #28. Cardiac dysrhythmias
    74/ Pfree2014 // Wikicommons

    #28. Cardiac dysrhythmias

    Total number of visits: 1,524,359
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 478

  • #27. Pneumonia (except that caused by tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases)
    75/ Bruce Blaus // Wikicommons

    #27. Pneumonia (except that caused by tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases)

    Total number of visits: 1,571,428
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 493

  • #26. Otitis media and related conditions
    76/ Erica Mater // Wikicommons

    #26. Otitis media and related conditions

    Total number of visits: 1,593,027
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 500

  • #25. Viral infections
    77/ No attribution required // Pexels

    #25. Viral infections

    Total number of visits: 1,626,485
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 510

  • #24. Fracture of upper limb
    78/ slgckgc // Wikicommons

    #24. Fracture of upper limb

    Total number of visits: 1,763,258
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 553

  • #23. Other gastrointestinal disorders
    79/ Open Stax // Wikicommons

    #23. Other gastrointestinal disorders

    Total number of visits: 1,763,900
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 553

  • #22. Allergic reactions
    80/ Kyle Gese // Wikicommons

    #22. Allergic reactions

    Total number of visits: 1,766,749
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 554

  • #21. Other nervous system disorders
    81/ Open Stax // Wikicommons

    #21. Other nervous system disorders

    Total number of visits: 1,833,973
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 575

  • #20. Asthma
    82/ NIAID // Flickr

    #20. Asthma

    Total number of visits: 1,955,609
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 613

  • #19. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchiectasis
    83/ Open Stax // Wikicommons

    #19. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchiectasis

    Total number of visits: 2,011,535
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 631

  • #18. Other complications of pregnancy
    84/ Natalia Deriabina // Shutterstock

    #18. Other complications of pregnancy

    Total number of visits: 2,054,894
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 645

  • #17. Nausea and vomiting
    85/ Jonathan Fowler // Scott.af.mil

    #17. Nausea and vomiting

    Total number of visits: 2,062,444
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 647

  • #16. Disorders of teeth and jaw
    86/ Alice Day // Shutterstock

    #16. Disorders of teeth and jaw

    Total number of visits: 2,077,754
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 652

  • #15. Other non-traumatic joint disorders
    87/ Madhero88 // Wikicommons

    #15. Other non-traumatic joint disorders

    Total number of visits: 2,104,161
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 660

  • #14. Open wounds of head, neck, and trunk
    88/ No attribution required // Pxhere

    #14. Open wounds of head, neck, and trunk

    Total number of visits: 2,223,328
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 697

  • #13. Other lower respiratory disease
    89/ Tomatheart // Shutterstock

    #13. Other lower respiratory disease

    Total number of visits: 2,383,777
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 748

  • #12. Other connective tissue disease
    90/ Milius007 // Pixabay

    #12. Other connective tissue disease

    Total number of visits: 2,408,176
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 755

  • #11. Open wounds of extremities
    91/ Official US Navy // Flickr

    #11. Open wounds of extremities

    Total number of visits: 2,906,900
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 912

  • #10. Headache, including migraine
    92/ Joan Dragonfly // Flickr

    #10. Headache, including migraine

    Total number of visits: 3,174,138
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 996

  • #9. Other injuries and conditions due to external causes
    93/ Robert Whetstone // Army.mil

    #9. Other injuries and conditions due to external causes

    Total number of visits: 3,243,167
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,017

  • #8. Skin and subcutaneous tissue infections
    94/ namtipStudio // Shutterstock

    #8. Skin and subcutaneous tissue infections

    Total number of visits: 3,318,272
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,041

  • #7. Urinary tract infections
    95/ Simikov // Shutterstock

    #7. Urinary tract infections

    Total number of visits: 3,455,199
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,084

  • #6. Spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, other back problems
    96/ wavebreakmedia // Shutterstock

    #6. Spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, other back problems

    Total number of visits: 4,158,826
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,304

  • #5. Nonspecific chest pain
    97/ Coolceasar // Wikicommons

    #5. Nonspecific chest pain

    Total number of visits: 4,703,012
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,475

  • #4. Superficial injury, contusion
    98/ Heel that Pain // Flickr

    #4. Superficial injury, contusion

    Total number of visits: 5,495,241
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,723

  • #3. Sprains and strains
    99/ Dr Harry Gouvas // Wikicommons

    #3. Sprains and strains

    Total number of visits: 5,755,484
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,805

  • #2. Other upper respiratory infections
    100/ Bruce Blaus // Wikicommons

    #2. Other upper respiratory infections

    Total number of visits: 5,802,239
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,820

  • #1. Abdominal pain
    101/ Hans Martin Paul // Pixabay

    #1. Abdominal pain

    Total number of visits: 5,960,139
    Rate of visits per 100,000 persons: 1,869

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