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NCHS Selected 113 Causes of Death

  • In order to provide a consistent ranking standard the NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) prepared a list of 113 selected causes of death. The NCHS 50 leading causes of death are taken from the list of 113. For more information about the NCHS rankings see Cause of Death Ranking on the NCHS website.


  • ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes with comparability ratios:

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr49/nvsr49_03.pdf , page 33.


  • Updated ICD-10 codes (2005): http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr53/nvsr53_17.pdf, page 3.


  • Updated ICD-10 codes (2009): http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_01.pdf.

  • Updated ICD-10 codes (2010): http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_19.pdf, page 41.


  • Code List (last updated July 2010)

  • The IBIS system uses these selected causes of death in the Mortality Query Module. The ICD-9 codes are also used in the Hospital and Emergency Department module to provide a means of comparison.


    The new ICD codes for terrorism are bolded and the ICD-10 codes are preceded with '*'. See Classification of Death and Injury Resulting from Terrorism on the CDC website.



    Cause of Death ICD-9 Codes ICD-10 Codes Comparability Ratio Standard Error Note
    1 Salmonella infections 002-003 A01-A02 0.81 0.0644
    2 Shigellosis and amebiasis 004, 006 A03, A06 * *
    3 Certain other intestinal infections 007-009 A04, A07-A09 0.60 0.0248
    4 Respiratory tuberculosis 010-012 A16 0.91 0.0201
    5 Other tuberculosis 013-018 A17-A19 0.70 0.0407
    6 Whooping cough 033 A37 * *
    7 Scarlet fever and erysipelas 034.1-035 A38, A46 * *
    8 Meningococcal infection 036 A39 1.00 0.0149
    9 Septicemia 038 A40-A41 1.19 0.0042
    10 Syphilis 090-097 A50-A53 0.64 0.1184
    11 Acute poliomyelitis 045 A80 * *
    12 Arthropod-borne viral encephalitis 062-064 A83-A84, A85.2 * *
    13 Measles 055 B05 * *
    14 Viral hepatitis 070 B15-B19 0.83 0.0120
    15 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease 042-044 B20-B24 1.06 0.0018
    16 Malaria 084 B50-B54 * *
    17 Other and unspecified infectious and parasitic diseases and their sequelae 001, 005, 020-032, 037, 039-041, 046-054, 056-061, 065-066, 071-083, 085-088, 098-134, 136-139, 771.3 A00, A05, A20-A36, A42-A44, A48-A49, A54-A79, A81-A82, A85.0-A85.1, A85.8, A86-B04, B06-B09, B25-B49, B55-B99 1.10 0.0154
    18 Malignant neoplasms of lip, oral cavity and pharynx 140-149 C00-C14 0.96 0.0040
    19 Malignant neoplasm of esophagus 150 C15 1.00 0.0020
    20 Malignant neoplasm of stomach 151 C16 1.01 0.0019
    21 Malignant neoplasms of colon, rectum and anus 153-154 C18-C21 1.00 0.0009
    22 Malignant neoplasms of liver and intrahepatic bile ducts 155 C22 0.96 0.0023
    23 Malignant neoplasm of pancreas 157 C25 1.00 0.0009
    24 Malignant neoplasm of larynx 161 C32 1.00 0.0053
    25 Malignant neoplasms of trachea, bronchus and lung 162 C33-C34 0.98 0.0005
    26 Malignant melanoma of skin 172 C43 0.97 0.0032
    27 Malignant neoplasm of breast 174-175 C50 1.01 0.0010
    28 Malignant neoplasm of cervix uteri 180 C53 0.99 0.0034
    29 Malignant neoplasms of corpus uteri and uterus, part unspecified 179, 182 C54-C55 1.03 0.0040
    30 Malignant neoplasm of ovary 183.0 C56 1.00 0.0016
    31 Malignant neoplasm of prostate 185 C61 1.01 0.0015
    32 Malignant neoplasms of kidney and renal pelvis 189.0, 189.1 C64-C65 1.00 0.0022
    33 Malignant neoplasm of bladder 188 C67 1.00 0.0026
    34 Malignant neoplasms of meninges, brain and other parts of central nervous system 191-192 C70-C72 0.97 0.0025
    35 Hodgkin's disease 201 C81 0.99 0.0089
    36 Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 200, 202 C82-C85 0.98 0.0018
    37 Leukemia 204-208 C91-C95 1.01 0.0019
    38 Multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative neoplasms 203 C88, C90 1.04 0.0030
    39 Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue --- C96 * *
    40 All other and unspecified malignant neoplasms 152, 156, 158-160, 163-171, 173, 181, 183.2-184, 186-187, 189.2-190, 193-199 C17, C23-C24, C26-C31, C37-C41, C44-C49, C51-C52, C57-C60, C62-C63, C66, C68-C69, C73-C80, C97 1.13 0.0021
    41 In situ neoplasms, benign neoplasms and neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior 210-239 D00-D48 1.67 0.0164
    42 Anemias 280-285 D50-D64 0.96 0.0077
    43 Diabetes mellitus 250 E10-E14 1.01 0.0011
    44 Malnutrition 260-263 E40-E46 0.98 0.0151
    45 Other nutritional deficiencies 264-269 E50-E64 6.20 0.5961
    46 Meningitis 320-322 G00, G03 1.01 0.0136
    47 Parkinson's disease 332 G20-G21 1.00 0.0028
    48 Alzheimer's disease 331.0 G30 1.55 0.0071
    49 Acute rheumatic fever and chronic rheumatic heart diseases 390-398 I00-I09 0.82 0.0089
    50 Hypertensive heart disease 402 I11 0.80 0.0028
    51 Hypertensive heart and renal disease 404 I13 1.07 0.0160
    52 Acute myocardial infarction 410 I21-I22 0.99 0.0003
    53 Other acute ischemic heart diseases 411 I24 1.01 0.0117
    54 Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described 429.2 I25.0 1.05 0.0016
    55 All other forms of chronic ischemic heart disease 412-414 I20, I25.1-I25.9 0.99 0.0004
    56 Acute and subacute endocarditis 421 I33 1.00 0.0137
    57 Diseases of pericardium and acute myocarditis 420, 422-423 I30-I31, I40 1.03 0.0160
    58 Heart failure 428 I50 1.04 0.0013
    59 All other forms of heart disease 415-417, 424-427, 429.0-429.1, 429.3-429.9 I26-I28, I34-I38, I42-I49, I51 0.94 0.0014
    60 Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive renal disease 401, 403 I10, I12 1.12 0.0050
    61 Cerebrovascular diseases 430-434, 436-438 I60-I69 1.06 0.0008 435:transient cerebral ischemia
    62 Atherosclerosis 440 I70 0.96 0.0025
    63 Aortic aneurysm and dissection 441 I71 1.00 0.0010
    64 Other diseases of arteries, arterioles and capillaries 442-448 I72-I78 0.85 0.0053
    65 Other disorders of circulatory system 451-459 I80-I99 1.03 0.0172
    66 Influenza 487 J09-J11 1.01 0.0073
    67 Pneumonia 480-486 J12-J18 0.70 0.0018
    68 Acute bronchitis and bronchiolitis 466 J20-J21 0.75 0.0264
    69 Unspecified acute lower respiratory infection --- J22, U04 * *
    70 Bronchitis, chronic and unspecified 490-491 J40-J42 0.39 0.0107
    71 Emphysema 492 J43 0.97 0.0031
    72 Asthma 493 J45-J46 0.89 0.0061
    73 Other chronic lower respiratory diseases 494, 496 J44, J47 1.10 0.0014
    74 Pneumoconioses and chemical effects 500-506 J60-J66, J68 1.02 0.0099
    75 Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids 507 J69 1.12 0.0048
    76 Other diseases of respiratory system 034.0, 460-465, 470-478, 495, 508-519 J00-J06, J30-J39, J67, J70-J98 1.17 0.0052
    77 Peptic ulcer 531-534 K25-K28 0.97 0.0045 534:Gastrojejunal ulcer
    78 Diseases of appendix 540-543 K35-K38 1.03 0.0242
    79 Hernia 550-553 K40-K46 1.04 0.0154 560:intestinal obstruction without mention of hernia
    80 Alcoholic liver disease 571.0-571.3 K70 1.02 0.0050
    81 Other chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 571.4-571.9 K73-K74 1.05 0.0041
    82 Cholelithiasis and other disorders of gallbladder 574-575 K80-K82 0.96 0.0060
    83 Acute and rapidly progressive nephritic and nephrotic syndrome 580-581 N00-N01, N04 0.65 0.0342
    84 Chronic glomerulonephritis, nephritis and nephritis not specified as acute or chronic, and renal sclerosis unspecified 582-583, 587 N02-N03, N05-N07, N26 0.39 0.0144
    85 Renal failure 584-586 N17-N19 1.29 0.0050
    86 Other disorders of kidney 588-589 N25, N27 0.91 0.0867
    87 Infections of kidney 590 N10-N12, N13.6, N15.1 1.01 0.0144
    88 Hyperplasia of prostate 600 N40 1.00 0.0159
    89 Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organs 614-616 N70-N76 0.98 0.0410
    90 Pregnancy with abortive outcome 630-639 O00-O07 * *
    91 Other complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium 640-676 O10-O99 * *
    92 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period 760-771.2, 771.4-779 P00-P96 1.07 0.0033 771.3:tetanus neonatorum
    93 Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 740-759 Q00-Q99 0.85 0.0055
    94 Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified 780-799 R00-R99 0.96 0.0034
    95 All other diseases (Residual) Residual Residual 0.90 0.0015
    96 Motor vehicle crash E810-E825 V02-V04, V09.0, V09.2, V12-V14, V19.0-V19.2, V19.4-V19.6, V20-V79, V80.3-V80.5, V81.0-V81.1, V82.0-V82.1, V83-V86, V87.0-V87.8, V88.0-V88.8, V89.0, V89.2 0.98 0.0027
    97 Unintentional injury: Other land transport E800-E807, E826-E829 V01, V05-V06, V09.1, V09.3-V09.9, V10-V11, V15-V18, V19.3, V19.8-V19.9, V80.0-V80.2, V80.6-V80.9, V81.2-V81.9, V82.2-V82.9, V87.9, V88.9, V89.1, V89.3, V89.9 14.13 0.9952
    98 Unintentional injury: Water, air and space, and other transport E830-E848, E929.0, E929.1 V90-V99, Y85 1.01 0.0209
    99 Falls E880-E888 W00-W19 0.84 0.0049
    100 Accidental discharge of firearms E922 W32-W34 1.06 0.0127
    101 Accidental drowning and submersion E910 W65-W74 1.00 0.0127
    102 Accidental exposure to smoke, fire and flames E890-E899 X00-X09 0.97 0.0089
    103 Accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances E850-E869, E924.1 X40-X49 0.89 0.0191
    104 Other and unspecified nontransport accidents and their sequelae E900-E909, E911-E921, E923-E924.0, E924.8-E928, E929.2-E929.9 W20-W31, W35-W64, W75-W99, X10-X39, X50-X59, Y86 1.42 0.0123
    105 Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms E955.0-E955.4 X72-X74 1.00 0.0007
    106 Intentional self-harm (suicide) by other and unspecified means and their sequelae E950-E954, E955.5-E959 X60-X71, X75-X84, Y87.0, *U03 1.00 0.0023 *U03 added 10/2005
    107 Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms E965.0-E965.4, E979.4 X93-X95, *U01.4 1.00 0.0008 *U01.4, E979.4 added 10/2005
    108 Assault (homicide) by other and unspecified means and their sequelae E960-E964, E965.5-E969, E979.0-E979.3, E979.5-E979.9, E999 X85-X92, X96-Y09, Y87.1, *U01.0-*U01.3, *U01.5-*U01.9, *U02 1.00 0.0024 *U01.0-*U01.3, *U01.5-*U01.9, *U02, E979.0-E979.3, E979.5-E979.9 added 10/2005
    109 Legal intervention E970-E978 Y35, Y89.0 * *
    110 Discharge of firearms, undetermined intent E985.0-E985.4 Y22-Y24 * *
    111 Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent and their sequelae E980-E984, E985.5-E989 Y10-Y21, Y25-Y34, Y87.2, Y89.9 * *
    112 Operations of war and their sequelae E990-E998 Y36, Y89.1 * *
    113 Complications of medical and surgical care E870-E879, E930-E949 Y40-Y84, Y88 * *

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