Table 2Top 10 most common principal reasons for hospitalization among patients with diabetes, 2004*

RankPrincipal diagnosisNumber of hospital stays among patients with diabetes (percentage of all diabetes stays)*Percentage of hospital stays with diabetes as a coexisting condition**
1Diabetes512,500 (8.1%)N/A
2Congestive heart failure, non-hypertensive442,400 (7.0%)40.1%
3Coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)391,400 (6.2%)32.8%
4Pneumonia261,000 (4.1%)21.5%
5Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)209,700 (3.3%)30.2%
6Nonspecific chest pain202,500 (3.2%)23.9%
7Complication of device, implant or graft158,200 (2.5%)26.3%
8Acute cerebrovascular disease (stroke)153,800 (2.4%)28.2%
9Cardiac dysrhythmias146,100 (2.3%)21.1%
10Skin and subcutaneous tissue infections139,300 (2.2%)27.6%

Based on all-listed diagnoses.


Based on records with diabetes as a secondary diagnosis.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2004.

From: Hospital Stays among Patients with Diabetes, 2004

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