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Table 1 The most common garbage codes in Norway 1996–2019

From: Garbage codes in the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry 1996–2019

Diagnostic code N Percent of all deaths (95% CI) Percent of GC in group
ALL DEATHS, N = 1,000,128
Major GC 140,804 14.1 (14.0–14.1)  
 I50 Heart failure 36,683 3.7 (3.6–3.7) 26.1
 R96 Sudden death 14,127 1.4 (1.4–1.4) 10.0
 R54 Senility 10,298 1.0 (1.1–1.1) 7.3
 X59 Exposure to unspecified factor 9415 0.9 (0.9–1.0) 6.7
 A41 Other sepsis 6574 0.7 (0.6–0.7) 4.7
 N19 Unspecified kidney failure 6173 0.6 (0.6–0.6) 4.4
 R99 Unknown cause of death 5966 0.6 (0.6–0.6) 4.2
 I10 Essential hypertension 5409 0.5 (0.5–0.6) 3.8
 B99 Unspecified infectious diseases 4188 0.4 (0.4–0.4) 3.0
 I70 Atherosclerosis 3731 0.4 (0.4–0.4) 2.6
Minor GC 149,665 15.0 (14.9–15.0)  
 I64 Unspecified stroke 43,814 4.4 (4.3–4.4) 29.3
 J18 Unspecified pneumonia 41,753 4.2 (4.1–4.2) 27.9
 C80 Malignant neoplasm, unknown primary site 11,013 1.1 (1.1–1.1) 7.4
 E14 Unspecified diabetes mellitus 10,425 1.0 (1.0–1.1) 7.0
 I69 Sequelae of cerebrovascular disease 10,124 1.0 (1.0–1.1) 6.8
 I51 Ill-defined heart disease 8673 0.9 (0.8–0.9) 5.8
 I49 Unspecified cardiac arrythmia 1981 0.2 (0.2–0.2) 1.3
 C91 Lymphoid leukemia (unspecified) 1919 0.2 (0.2–0.2) 1.3
 I42 Unspecified cardiomyopathy 1906 0.2 (0.2–0.1) 1.3
 C26 Malignant neoplasm of ill-defined digestive organs 1544 0.2 (0.1–0.2) 1.0
  1. Data source: NCoDR