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Table 2 Numbers of adult deaths assigned to unspecified medical causes (senility, unknown or ill-defined causes) in VSD and based on verbal autopsy for those in the special study

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

Age-group Number and % of deaths assigned to senility, unknown or ill-defined causes All deaths attributed to medical causes
  Male Female Male Female
  VSD VA VSD VA   
  No (%) No (%) No (%) No (%) No No
25–34 244 (22) 51 (5) 187 (29) 48 (7) 1095 655
35–44 460 (21) 39 (2) 240 (24) 54 (5) 2206 995
45–54 790 (21) 65 (2) 396 (23) 71 (4) 3697 1693
55–64 2108 (38) 291 (5) 1349 (42) 384 (12) 5614 3182
65–69 1931 (56) 422 (12) 1491 (60) 499 (20) 3464 2500
Subtotal:       
25–69 5533 (34) 868 (5) 3663 (41) 1056 (12) 16076 9025
70–74 2184 (60) 815 (23) 1861 (67) 848 (30) 3623 2786
75+ 5066 (69) 2727 (37) 6272 (75) 4056 (49) 7344 8364
Total deaths 12783 4410 11796 5960 27043 20175