Table 4Top 10 principal diagnoses for hospital stays for patients with back problems, 2008

RankPrincipal Diagnosis (CCS Code)Number of hospital stays among patients with back problems (percent of all stays)*For each principal diagnosis, percentage of hospital stays with back problems as a coexisting condition**
All stays related to back problems2,368,148 (100.0%)
1Spondylosis, intervetebral disc disorders, other back problems (205)663,402 (28.0%)N/A
2Mood disorders (657)76,513 (3.3%)9.3%
3Nonspecific chest pain (102)59,675 (2.5%)8.2%
4Pneumonia (122)59,271 (2.5%)5.1%
5Osteoarthritis (203)55,840 (2.4%)6.1%
6Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (127)55,339 (2.3%)7.7%
7Rehabilitative care, fitting of prothesis (254)42,101 (1.8%)10.3%
8Coronary atherosclerosis (101)41,569 (1.8%)4.5%
9Complication of device, implant (237)38,836 (1.6%)5.7%
10Cardiac dysrhythmias (106)36,060 (1.5%)4.5%

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2008

*

Based on all-listed diagnoses

**

Based on all discharge records with back problems as a secondary diagnosis. For example, for hospitalizations with a principal diagnosis of mood disorders, 9.3 percent have back problems as a coexisting condition.

From: Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Related to Back Problems, 2008

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