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Table 2 Cause of death from various local records in Villupuram district and based on Verbal Autopsy of 32 000 adult deaths (aged ≥ 25) in Villupuram (rural), south India: 1997–98

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

Causes of death (ICD9 codes) Cause of death in local records Cause of death based on Verbal Autopsy
  M (%) F (%) M (%) F (%)
Vascular disease (390–415, 418–459) 3351 (20.3) 1614 (14.4) 3928 (24.6) 2404 (22.0)
Respiratory tuberculosis (TB) (011, 012, 018) 1659 (10.1) 686 (6.1) 1841 (11.5) 671 (6.1)
Other respiratory diseases (416, 417, 460–519) 717 (4.4) 471 (4.2) 1044 (6.5) 728 (6.6)
Neoplasm (140–239) 415 (2.5) 594 (5.3) 488 (3.1) 664 (6.1)
Infection except respiratory & TB (rest of 1–139, 279.8 [HIV], 320-6, 590, 680-6) 1818 (11.0) 1584 (14.1) 1954 (12.2) 1411 (12.9)
Unspecified medical causes (780-9, 797-9) 5829 (35.4) 4565 (40.7) 4173 (26.1) 2737 (25.0)
Other specified medical causes 2237 (13.6) 1346 (12.0) 2570 (16.1) 2334 (21.3)
No cause given (hence probably medical) 451 (2.7) 343 (3.1) Nil Nil
Total deaths – medical 16 477 11 203 15 998 10 949
External causes 2817 1291 3296 1545
Total deaths (medical causes+external causes) 19 294 12 494 19 294 12 494
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