North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

N.C. OCME Annual Report 1992

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Chapter 3: Natural Deaths

Nearly fifty percent (49.5) of Medical Examiner cases investigated in 1992 proved to be natural in manner. The majority were either unattended by a physician or sudden, unexpected deaths in persons believed to be previously healthy.

Table 6 illustrates by cause the number of natural deaths investigated by the Medical Examiner System, compared to all natural deaths reported to North Carolina's Vital Records System. The State's Medical Examiners investigate a large percentage of deaths involving alcohol and "ill- defined conditions," and all cases of sudden infant death syndrome.

Class M.E. Cases All Deaths* Percent M.E.
All Natural Causes 4109 55585 7.4
Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (001-139) 63 1593 4.0
Neoplasms (140-239) 104 14185 0.7
Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Disease / Immunity Disorders (240-279) 77 1916 4.0
Diabetes Mellitus (250) 56 1428 3.9
Mental Disorders (290-319) 173 1124 15.4
Alcohol Psychoses (291) 6 25 24.0
Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (303) 160 224 71.4
Diseases of the Nervous System and Sense Organs (320-389) 26 1127 2.3
Diseases of the Circulatory System (390-459) 2982 25267 11.8
Coronary Artherosclerosis (414.0) 436 2273 19.2
Diseases of the Respiratory System (460-519) 196 5121 3.8
Pneumonia and Influenza (480-487) 87 1914 4.5
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease / Allied Conditions (490-496) 80 2408 3.3
Disease of the Digestive System (520-579) 111 2148 5.2
Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis (571) 36 746 4.8
Congenital Anomalies (740-759) 47 336 14.0
Certain Conditions Originatng in the Perinatal Period (760-779) 19 542 3.5
Symptoms, Signs, and Ill-Defined Conditions (780-799) 254 498 51.0
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (798.0) 136 124 109.7

*Limited to deaths among North Carolina residents.

Last Modified: March 9, 2017