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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2007 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death by ICD-10 Chapter >> 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 362 deaths in Australia in 2007. Of these, 216 (60%) were female and 146 (40%) were male. There were 162 (45%) deaths due to Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue of people aged between 85 and 94 years, and a further 114 (31%) of people aged between 75 and 84 years. The median age at death for all persons was 85.6 years, while the male and female median age at death were 82.8 years and 87.2 years respectively.

Over the past 10 years, deaths due to Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue have increased 39% from 260 in 1998 to 362 in 2007. The key cause contributing to this increase was Cellulitis (L03), which increased from 81 registered deaths in 1998 to 170 registered deaths in 2007. Of these deaths, 58% were female and 42% were male. The female median age at death of 86.6 years was 3.2 years higher than the male median age at death of 83.4 years. Persons aged 65 years and over accounted for 92% of these deaths due to Cellulitis.

3.11 SELECTED UNDERLYING CAUSES(a), Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (L00-L98) - 2007(b)(c)

MALES
FEMALES
PERSONS
PROPORTION OF ALL DEATHS
Cause of Death and ICD Code
no.
no.
no.
%

     Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L99)
146
216
362
0.3
             Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L08)
89
115
204
0.1
                Cellulitis (L03)
71
99
170
0.1
                Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue (L08)
13
10
23
-
             Other disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L80-L99)
48
87
135
0.1
                Decubitus ulcer (L89)
17
16
33
-
                Ulcer of lower limb, not elsewhere classified ( L97)
15
49
64
-
                Other disorders of skin and subcutaneous tissue, not elsewhere classified ( L98)
14
21
35
-

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Causes selected are those with 20 or more deaths at the 3 digit level of ICD-10.
(b) Causes of death data for 2007 is subject to revision. See Explanatory Notes 3-4 for further information.
(c) Data cells with small values have been randomly assigned to protect the confidentiality of individuals. As a result, some totals will not equal the sum of their components. It is important to note that cells with a zero value have not been affected by confidentialisation.






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