3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death by ICD-10 Chapter >> Diseases of the Muscles, Bones and Tendons (M00-M99)

DISEASES OF THE MUSCLES, BONES AND TENDONS (M00-M99)

Diseases of the muscles, bones and tendons (M00-M99) in 2008 accounted for 1,179 registered deaths, which represented 0.8% of all deaths registered in Australia. Over the last ten years, the number of deaths from this cause has increased steadily from 862 in 1999 to 1,179 in 2008, representing an increase from 0.7% of all deaths in 1999 to 0.8% of all deaths in 2008. In 2008, the number of female deaths (776) was almost twice the number of male deaths (403) from this cause and continued the trend shown by data recorded previously.

The median age at death has gradually increased over the last decade for both males and females. Male median age at death for this cause has increased from 76.8 in 1999 to 81.2 years in 2008. The female median age at death has risen from 82.1 years in 1999 to 85.4 years in 2008.

Osteoporosis (M80-M85) accounted for 273 registered deaths in Australia for 2008, with a median age at death of 88.6 years. More than four times more females (223) than males (50) died from Osteoporosis in 2008, which was a continuation of the pattern displayed in previous years' data. The median age at death from this cause for females has historically been higher than the median age at death for males. This trend persisted in 2008 with the median age at death for females at 89.2 years and for males at 86.0 years.

4.12 SELECTED UNDERLYING CAUSES(a), Diseases of the Muscles, Bones, and Tendons (M00-M99) - 2008(b)(c)(d)

Males
Females
Persons
Proportion of all deaths
Cause of Death and ICD Code
no.
no.
no.
%

CHAPTER XIII Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00-M99)
403
776
1 179
0.8
Arthropathies (M00-M25)
165
261
426
0.3
Infectious arthropathies (M00-M03)
44
32
76
0.1
Pyogenic arthritis (M00)
44
32
76
0.1
Inflammatory polyarthropathies (M05-M14)
80
158
238
0.2
Other rheumatoid arthritis (M06)
48
132
180
0.1
Gout (M10)
15
5
20
-
Other arthritis (M13)
8
12
20
-
Arthrosis (M15-M19)
25
57
82
0.1
Other arthrosis (M19)
20
49
69
-
Other joint disorders (M20-M25)
16
14
30
-
Other joint disorders, not elsewhere classified (M25)
16
12
28
-
Systemic connective tissue disorders (M30-M36)
79
165
244
0.2
Other necrotizing vasculopathies (M31)
26
23
49
-
Systemic lupus erythematosus (M32)
14
29
43
-
Systemic sclerosis (M34)
18
71
89
0.1
Other systemic involvement of connective tissue (M35)
8
29
37
-
Soft tissue disorders (M60-M79)
36
34
70
-
Disorders of muscles (M60-M63)
27
24
51
-
Other disorders of muscle (M62)
19
16
35
-
Osteopathies and chondropathies (M80-M94)
96
272
368
0.3
Disorders of bone density and structure (M80-M85)
50
223
273
0.2
Osteoporosis with pathological fracture (M80)
19
102
121
0.1
Osteoporosis without pathological fracture (M81)
16
88
104
0.1
Disorders of continuity of bone (M84)
14
32
46
-
Other osteopathies (M86-M90)
45
49
94
0.1
Osteomyelitis (M86)
36
41
77
0.1

- 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) 2008 data have been subject to process improvements which have increased the quality of these data. See Technical Note 1: 2008 COD Collection - Process Improvements for further information.
(c) Causes of death data for 2008 are preliminary and subject to a revisions process. See Technical Note 2: Causes of Death - Revisions Process.
(d) 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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