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Table 1 Cause of death from Vital Statistics Department* and based on Verbal Autopsy of 48 000 adult deaths (aged ≥ 25) in Chennai (urban), south India: 1995–97

From: Verbal autopsy of 80,000 adult deaths in Tamilnadu, South India

Causes of death (ICD9 codes) Cause of death in VSD Cause of death based on Verbal Autopsy
  M (%) F (%) M (%) F (%)
Vascular disease (390–415, 418–459) 8319 (30) 5168 (25) 11056 (41) 7435 (37)
Respiratory tuberculosis (TB) (011, 012, 018) 1399 (5) 372 (2) 2231 (8) 575 (3)
Other respiratory diseases (416, 417, 460–519) 1088 (4) 596 (3) 1597 (6) 855 (4)
Neoplasm (140–239) 1163 (4) 1002 (5) 2344 (9) 1999 (10)
Infection except respiratory & TB (rest of 1–139, 279.8 [HIV], 320-6, 590, 680-6) 584 (2) 303 (2) 1034 (4) 618 (3)
Unspecified medical causes (780-9, 797-9) 12291 (44) 115 11 (56) 4367 (16) 5889 (29)
Other specified medical causes 1899 (7) 1045 (5) 4414 (16) 2804 (14)
No cause given in VSD (hence probably medical) 983 (4) 634 (3) Nil Nil
Total deaths – medical 27 726 20 631 27 043 20 175
Re-assigned by VA to external causes *Excluded from the study 683 456
Total deaths (medical causes+external causes) 27 726 20 631 27 726 20 631
  1. *Deaths(M: 3644; F:1644) that were assigned by the Vital Statistics Department(VSD) to non-medical causes were excluded from the study
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