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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 Nervous System (G00-G99)

DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM (G00-G99)

Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99) accounted for 5,467 registered deaths in 2007, representing 4.0% of all registered deaths. This follows a gradual increase in deaths attributable to Diseases of the nervous system over time, from 3,717 in 1998. The number of deaths due to Diseases of the nervous system was higher for females (2,956) than for males (2,511). The median age at death was 79.3 years for males, 84.1 years for females.

Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (G30) constituted 42% (2,272) of all deaths due to Diseases of the nervous system and 1.6% of all registered deaths in 2007. Female deaths (1,543) due to Alzheimer's Disease were much higher than male deaths (729), with a ratio of 47 male deaths per 100 female deaths. The median age at death due to Alzheimer's Disease was 86.4 years.

Parkinson's Disease (G20) accounted for 20% of all deaths due to Diseases of the nervous system and 0.8% of all deaths registered in 2007. There were 1,109 deaths due to this disease, with a median age at death of 82.7 years. The number of male deaths (672) due to this disease was higher than the number of female deaths (437). This was similar to the overall trend for the past 10 years.

3.6 SELECTED UNDERLYING CAUSES(a), Diseases of the Nervous System (G00-G99) - 2007(b)(c)

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

     Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99)
2 511
2 956
5 467
4.0
             Systemic atrophies primarily affecting the central nervous system (G10-G13)
386
308
694
0.5
                Huntington's disease (G10)
34
36
70
0.1
                Spinal muscular atrophy and related syndromes (G12)
345
265
610
0.4
             Extrapyramidal and movement disorders (G20-G26)
686
458
1 144
0.8
                Parkinson's disease (G20)
672
437
1 109
0.8
             Other degenerative diseases of the nervous system (G30-G32)
829
1 644
2 473
1.8
                Alzheimer's disease (G30)
729
1 543
2 272
1.6
                Other degenerative diseases of nervous system, not elsewhere classified (G31)
100
101
201
0.1
             Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (G35-G37)
48
104
152
0.1
                Multiple sclerosis (G35)
43
102
145
0.1
             Episodic and paroxysmal disorders (G40-G47)
175
142
317
0.2
                Epilepsy (G40)
143
96
239
0.2
                Transient cerebral ischaemic attacks and related syndromes (G45)
15
31
46
-
             Polyneuropathies and other disorders of the peripheral nervous system (G60-G64)
20
25
45
-
                Other polyneuropathies (G62)
14
14
28
-
             Diseases of myoneural junction and muscle (G70-G73)
81
48
129
0.1
                Myasthenia gravis and other myoneural disorders (G70)
13
12
25
-
                Primary disorders of muscles (G71)
66
32
98
0.1
             Cerebral palsy and other paralytic syndromes (G80-G83)
77
49
126
0.1
                Infantile cerebral palsy (G80)
34
28
62
-
                Hemiplegia (G81)
14
6
20
-
                Paraplegia and tetraplegia (G82)
28
12
40
-
             Other disorders of the nervous system (G90-G99)
166
154
320
0.2
                Disorders of autonomic nervous system (G90)
23
18
41
-
                Hydrocephalus (G91)
22
16
38
-
                Other disorders of brain (G93)
98
97
195
0.1
                Other diseases of spinal cord (G95)
16
19
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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