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Table 1 Cause of death from Vital Statistics Department* among adults aged ≥ 25 in Chennai, India: 1995–1997.

From: Verbal autopsy of 48 000 adult deaths attributable to medical causes in Chennai (formerly Madras), India

  Traced successfully for VA (n = 48 357)    Not traced for VA (n = 18 520)
Causes of death (ICD9 codes) Cause of death from VSD Cause of death from VSD
  M (%) F (%) M (%) F (%)
Vascular disease (390–415, 418–459) 8319(30) 5168(25) 2950(27) 1731(23)
Neoplasm (140–239) 1163(4) 1002(5) 575(5) 443(6)
Respiratory tuberculosis (011, 012, 018) 1399(5) 372(2) 659(6) 161(2)
Other respiratory diseases (416, 417, 460–519) 1088(4) 596(3) 659(6) 333(4)
Other infection (rest of 1–139, 279.8 [HIV],320–6, 590, 680–6) 584(2) 303(2) 33(0.3) 8(0.1)
Other specified medical causes 1899(7) 1045(5) 797(7) 446(6)
Unspecified medical causes (780–9, 797–9) 12291(44) 11511(56) 4480(41) 4066(54)
No cause given in VSD (hence probably medical) 983(4) 634(3) 770(7) 409(5)
Total attributed by VSD to medical causes 27726(100) 20631(100) 10923(100) 7597(100)
*Attributed by VSD to non-medical causes   - - 3644
1644     
Re-assigned by VA to external causes 683 456 - -
Assigned by VA To medical causes 27043 20175 - -
  1. *Deaths(M: 3644; F:1644) that were assigned by the Vital Statistics Department(VSD) to non-medical causes were excluded from the study.