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Table 6 Top 20 underlying causes of death (assigned by study physician) for adults

From: The quality of medical death certification of cause of death in hospitals in rural Bangladesh: impact of introducing the International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

Cause Death (%)
Stroke 15.8
Acute myocardial infarction 14.4
Other cardiovascular diseases 5.9
Other digestive diseases 5.2
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 5.2
Cancers 4.7
Other infectious diseases 4.1
Other external causes of death 3.4
Impossible to specify 3.1
Nutritional diseases 3.0
Heart failure 2.9
Genitourinary diseases 2.7
Encephalitis 2.5
Ill-defined cause of death 2.3
Intentional poisoning 2.3
Other respiratory diseases 2.3
Other maternal 2.1
Paralytic ileus 2.1
Ischemic heart disease 1.9
Injuries and poisonings 1.8
Other (outside top 20) 12.2