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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2006 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death >> Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (L00-L98)

DISEASES OF THE SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE (L00-L98)

Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L98) accounted for 333 deaths in Australia in 2006. Of these, 193 (58%) were female, and 140 (42%) were male. There were 144 (43%) deaths due to diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue aged between 85 and 94 years, and a further 107 (32%) aged between 75 and 84 years. The median age at death for all persons was 85.1 years, while the male and female median age at death were 82.5 years and 87.2 years respectively.


The key cause contributing to the increase over the last 10 years in the number of registered deaths from Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue is Cellulitis (L03) which has increased from 78 registered deaths in 1997 to 142 registered deaths in 2006. Of these, 57% were female and 43% were male. The female median age at death of 85.4 years, is 6.2 years higher than the male median age at death of 79.2 years. Persons aged 65 years and over attributed to 94% of these deaths due to Cellulitis.


Skin ulcers (L89 and L97) were the underlying cause of 93 registered deaths in 2006, representing a decrease from 128 in 2005. Of these, 59% were female and 41% were male. The median age at death for males dying from Skin ulcers was 82.7 years, 7.2 years lower than the female median age at death of 89.9 years.

2.12 Selected Underlying Causes, Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (L00-L98) - 2006

Males
Females
Persons
Proportion of all deaths
Cause of death and ICD code
no
no
no
%

CHAPTER XII Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L99)
140
193
333
0.2
Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L08)
74
97
171
0.1
Cellulitis (L03)
61
81
142
0.1
Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue (L08)
10
14
24
-
Other disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L80-L99)
54
81
135
0.1
Decubitus ulcer (L89)
17
21
38
-
Ulcer of lower limb, not elsewhere classified (L97)
21
34
55
-
Other disorders of skin and subcutaneous tissue, not elsewhere classified (L98)
14
24
38
-

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)



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