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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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No Attribution Required // Pxhere

#100. Medical examination/evaluation

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

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Laurie Dexter // Wikicommons

#99. Disease of mouth, excluding dental

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

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NIH Clinical Center // Flickr

#98. Other infections, including parasitic

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

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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

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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

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HQuality // Shutterstock

#95. Transient cerebral ischemia

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

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Wapcaplet // Wikicommons

#94. Other circulatory disease

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

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Sasint // Pixabay

#93. Phlebitis, thrombophlebitis and thromboembolism

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

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Casa nayafana // Shutterstock

#92. Abdominal hernia

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

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eldar nurkovic // Shutterstock

#91. Skull and face fractures

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

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CMSRC // Wikicommons

#90. Ovarian cyst

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

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Skeeze // Pixabay

#89. Acute and chronic tonsillitis

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

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Booyabazooka // Wikicommons

#88. Fracture of neck of femur (hip)

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

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James Heilmann // Wikicommons

#87. Anemia

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

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Christopher Boitz // Wikicommons

#86. Other eye disorders

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

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Stevepb // Pixabay

#85. Hypertension with complications and secondary hypertension

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

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Artistic Operations // Pixabay

#84. Poisoning by nonmedicinal substances

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

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Derneuemann // Pixabay

#83. Appendicitis and other appendiceal conditions

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

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NEC Corp of America // Flickr

#82. Mycoses

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

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Reversing your Diabetes today // wikicommons

#81. Diabetes mellitus without complication

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

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US Dept of Agriculture // Flickr

#80. Menstrual disorders

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

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Arcadian // Wikicommons

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

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

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Official US Navy // Flickr

#78. Intestinal obstruction without hernia

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

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NIH // Wikicommons

#77. Coronary atherosclerosis

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

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Bruce Blaus // Wikicommons

#76. Burns

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

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Ghcassell // Pixabay

#75. Pancreatic disorders (not diabetes)

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

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CNX OpenStax // Wikicommons

#74. Esophageal disorders

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

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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

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No Attribution Required // Pixnio

#72. Intestinal infection

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

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TipsTimesAdimin // Flickr

#71. Inflammatory disease of female pelvic organs

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

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phugunfire // Shutterstock

#70. Acute and unspecified renal failure

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

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No Attribution Required // Pxhere

#69. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis

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

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Hellerhoff // Wikicommons

#68. Joint disorders and dislocations, trauma-related

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

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WM Rapids // Wikicommons

#67. Administrative/social admission

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

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Ivan Obolensky // Pexels

#66. Malaise and fatigue

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

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No Attribution Required // Maxpixel

#65. Acute myocardial infarction

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

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KVDP // Wikicommons

#64. Complication of device, implant or graft

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

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Pagemaker787 // Wikicommons

#63. Other fractures

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

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Khaoniewping // Shutterstock

#62. Gastritis and duodenitis

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

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Yuttana Jaowattana // Shutterstock

#61. Other female genital disorders

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

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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

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NIH // Wikicommons

#59. Acute cerebrovascular disease

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

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Christopher Toon // Wikicommons

#58. Other ear and sense organ disorders

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

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No attribution required // Pexels

#57. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage

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

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Rebcenter // Wikicommons

#56. Substance-related disorders

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

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Jmarchn // Wikicommons

#55. Biliary tract disease

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

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ShutterOK // Shutterstock

#54. Complications of surgical procedures or medical care

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

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No attribution required // Pexels

#53. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders

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

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No attribution required // Pexels

#52. Influenza

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

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No attribution required // Pixabay

#51. Intracranial injury

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

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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

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pittawut // Shutterstock

#49. Diabetes mellitus with complications

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

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Open Stax // Wikicommons

#48. Essential hypertension

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

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Juanua Martin // Pixabay

#47. Genitourinary symptoms and ill-defined conditions

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

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No Attribution Required // Pixnio

#46. Other upper respiratory disease

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

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Wonderlane // Flickr

#45. Other aftercare

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

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Africa Studio // Shutterstock

#44. Congestive heart failure, nonhypertensive

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

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pumatokoh // Shutterstock

#43. Other skin disorders

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

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Nevit Dilman // Wikicommons

#42. Fracture of lower limb

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

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No attribution required// Maxpixel

#41. Anxiety disorders

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

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Laurel Russworm // Flickr

#40. Fluid and electrolyte disorders

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

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Goldsithney // Shutterstock

#39. Epilepsy, convulsions

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

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Bdfd // Wikicommons

#38. Residual codes, unclassified

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

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Vic // Flickr

#37. Syncope

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

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Koldunova Anna // Shutterstock

#36. Noninfectious gastroenteritis

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

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Photorama // Pixabay

#35. Conditions associated with dizziness or vertigo

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

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Engin Akyurt // Pixabay

#34. Calculus of urinary tract

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

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Skeeze // Pixabay

#33. Septicemia (except in labor)

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

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Bruce Blaus // Wikicommons

#32. Acute bronchitis

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

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No attribution required // Maxpixel

#31. Fever of unknown origin

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

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Intgr // Wikicommons

#30. Mood disorders

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

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Chris Yarzab // Flickr

#29. Alcohol-related disorders

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

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Pfree2014 // Wikicommons

#28. Cardiac dysrhythmias

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

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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

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Erica Mater // Wikicommons

#26. Otitis media and related conditions

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

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No attribution required // Pexels

#25. Viral infections

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

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slgckgc // Wikicommons

#24. Fracture of upper limb

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

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Open Stax // Wikicommons

#23. Other gastrointestinal disorders

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

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Kyle Gese // Wikicommons

#22. Allergic reactions

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

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Open Stax // Wikicommons

#21. Other nervous system disorders

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

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NIAID // Flickr

#20. Asthma

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

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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

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Natalia Deriabina // Shutterstock

#18. Other complications of pregnancy

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

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Jonathan Fowler // Scott.af.mil

#17. Nausea and vomiting

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

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Alice Day // Shutterstock

#16. Disorders of teeth and jaw

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

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Madhero88 // Wikicommons

#15. Other non-traumatic joint disorders

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

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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

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Tomatheart // Shutterstock

#13. Other lower respiratory disease

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

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Milius007 // Pixabay

#12. Other connective tissue disease

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

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Official US Navy // Flickr

#11. Open wounds of extremities

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

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Joan Dragonfly // Flickr

#10. Headache, including migraine

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

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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

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namtipStudio // Shutterstock

#8. Skin and subcutaneous tissue infections

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

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Simikov // Shutterstock

#7. Urinary tract infections

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

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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

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Coolceasar // Wikicommons

#5. Nonspecific chest pain

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

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Heel that Pain // Flickr

#4. Superficial injury, contusion

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

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Dr Harry Gouvas // Wikicommons

#3. Sprains and strains

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

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Bruce Blaus // Wikicommons

#2. Other upper respiratory infections

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

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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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