Digestive diseases are diseases of the alimentary tract, the liver and the pancreas which are not caused by infection or cancer. They are the sum of the following (with their contribution to the total Digestive diseases deaths in 2002):
1. Peptic ulcer disease, Map 461, (13% of deaths).
2. Cirrhosis of the liver, Map 462, (40% of deaths).
3. Appendicitis, Map 463, (1% of deaths).
4. Other digestive diseases, no map, (46% of deaths).
Include other diseases of the digestive tract are other diseases of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum and intestines, other diseases of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas and hernias (ruptures).
Digestive diseases caused 3.44% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 316 deaths per million people per year.