Bleeding from the gastro-intestinal tract
Dysfunction of the gastrointestinal tract
Gastrointestinal diseases (abbrev. GI diseases or GI illnesses) refer to diseases involving the gastrointestinal tract, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, and the accessory organs of digestion, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Gastroenteritis is responsible for about 800,000 deaths per year throughout the world -- about 1,400 deaths per day. In Australia, deaths are rare but it is a cause of about 10,000 hospital admissions per year, particularly in infants and young children and across the health care system about $AUD26 million per year.