3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Underlying Cause of Death by ICD-10 Chapter >> Blood and Immunity Disorders (D50-D89)

BLOOD AND IMMUNITY DISORDERS (D50-D89)

Blood and immunity disorders (D50-D89) accounted for 503 registered deaths in 2008. This represented 0.3% of all registered deaths in 2008 and has remained stable over the last 10 years. These deaths were most likely to occur amongst older people, with 72% of males and 83% of females who died from Blood and immunity disorders aged 65 years and over.

The median age at death for females from this cause has historically been higher than the median age at death for males. This trend continued in 2008, with a median age at death for females of 83.5 years and 77.6 years for males.

Anaemias (D50-D64) accounted for 211 deaths, or 42% of deaths due to Blood and immunity disorders. The number of deaths due to Anaemias has remained stable over the last 10 years. The number of Anaemias as a proportion of all Blood and immunity disorders has been steadily falling over the last decade from 45% in 1999 to 42% in 2008. The number of females (123) dying from Anaemias in 2008 was higher than the number of males (88) dying from the same cause. This pattern has been consistent over the 10 years since 1999.

4.3 SELECTED UNDERLYING CAUSES(a), Diseases of the Blood and Immunity Disorders (D50-D89) - 2008(b)(c)(d)

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

CHAPTER III Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism (D50-D89)
244
259
503
0.3
Aplastic and other anaemias (D60-D64)
73
95
168
0.1
Other aplastic anaemias (D61)
37
46
83
0.1
Other anaemias (D64)
36
49
85
0.1
Coagulation defects, purpura and other haemorrhagic conditions (D65-D69)
64
51
115
0.1
Other coagulation defects (D68)
19
29
48
-
Purpura and other haemorrhagic conditions (D69)
36
15
51
-
Other diseases of blood and blood-forming organs (D70-D77)
32
35
67
-
Agranulocytosis (D70)
14
11
25
-
Certain disorders involving the immune mechanism (D80-D89)
60
50
110
0.1
Other immunodeficiencies (D84)
30
30
60
-
Sarcoidosis (D86)
18
10
28
-

- 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. Cells with a zero value have not been affected by confidentialisation.






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