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 Nervous System (G00-G99)

DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM (G00-G99)

Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99) accounted for 5,961 registered deaths in 2008, representing 4.1% of all registered deaths. This follows a gradual increase in deaths attributable to Diseases of the nervous system over time, from 3,890 in 1999. The number of deaths due to Diseases of the nervous system was higher for females (3,237) than for males (2,724). The median age at death was 80.0 for males, 84.4 for females.

Deaths from Alzheimer's disease (G30) constituted 42% (2,483) of all deaths due to Diseases of the nervous system and 1.7% of all registered deaths in 2008. Female deaths (1,692) due to Alzheimer's disease were much higher than male deaths (791), with a ratio of 47 male deaths per 100 female deaths. The median age at death due to Alzheimer's disease was 86.8 years.

Parkinson's disease (G20) accounted for 22% of all deaths due to Diseases of the nervous system and 0.9% of all deaths registered in 2008. There were 1,284 deaths due to this disease, with a median age at death of 83.2 years. The number of male deaths (752) due to this disease was higher than the number of female deaths (532). This was similar to the overall trend for the past 10 years.

4.6 SELECTED UNDERLYING CAUSES(a), Diseases of the Nervous System (G00-G99) - 2008(b)(c)(d)

Cause of Death and ICD Code
Males
Females
Persons
Proportion of all deaths

CHAPTER VI Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99)
2 724
3 237
5 961
4.1
Systemic atrophies primarily affecting the central nervous system (G10-G13)
392
331
723
0.5
Huntington's disease (G10)
35
44
79
0.1
Spinal muscular atrophy and related syndromes (G12)
350
280
630
0.4
Extrapyramidal and movement disorders (G20-G26)
773
555
1 328
0.9
Parkinson's disease (G20)
752
532
1 284
0.9
Other degenerative diseases of basal ganglia (G23)
9
17
26
-
Other degenerative diseases of the nervous system (G30-G32)
926
1 812
2 738
1.9
Alzheimer's disease (G30)
791
1 692
2 483
1.7
Other degenerative diseases of nervous system, not elsewhere classified (G31)
135
120
255
0.2
Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (G35-G37)
52
98
150
0.1
Multiple sclerosis (G35)
51
91
142
0.1
Episodic and paroxysmal disorders (G40-G47)
194
158
352
0.2
Epilepsy (G40)
150
109
259
0.2
Transient cerebral ischaemic attacks and related syndromes (G45)
24
34
58
-
Sleep disorders (G47)
14
8
22
-
Polyneuropathies and other disorders of the peripheral nervous system (G60-G64)
24
21
45
-
Other polyneuropathies (G62)
13
15
28
-
Diseases of myoneural junction and muscle (G70-G73)
83
57
140
0.1
Myasthenia gravis and other myoneural disorders (G70)
18
18
36
-
Primary disorders of muscles (G71)
55
32
87
0.1
Cerebral palsy and other paralytic syndromes (G80-G83)
90
67
157
0.1
Infantile cerebral palsy (G80)
36
31
67
-
Hemiplegia (G81)
16
8
24
-
Paraplegia and tetraplegia (G82)
36
24
60
-
Other disorders of the nervous system (G90-G99)
157
115
272
0.2
Disorders of autonomic nervous system (G90)
31
27
58
-
Hydrocephalus (G91)
14
13
27
-
Other disorders of brain (G93)
97
62
159
0.1
Other diseases of spinal cord (G95)
10
10
20
-

- 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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