North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

N.C. OCME Annual Report 1995

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Chapter 3: Natural Deaths

Nearly fifty percent (48.2 percent) of Medical Examiner cases investigated in 1995 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.

Table 6: 1995 North Carolina Deaths Natural Deaths by International Classification of Diseases

Class M.E. Cases All Deaths* Percent M.E.
All Natural Causes 4095 60,854 6.7
Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (001-139) 84 2,061 4.1
Neoplasms (140-239) 109 15,192 0.7
Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Disease / Immunity Disorders (240-279) 74 2,410 3.1
Diabetes Mellitus (250) 54 1,749 3.1
Mental Disorders (290-319) 231 1,496 15.4
Alcohol Psychoses (291) 7 26 26.9
Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (303) 222 233 95.3
Diseases of the Nervous System and Sense Organs (320-389) 26 1,424 1.8
Diseases of the Circulatory System (390-459) 2895 26,531 10.9
Coronary Artherosclerosis (414.0) 430 2,244 19.2
Diseases of the Respiratory System (460-519) 215 6,187 3.5
Pneumonia and Influenza (480-487) 107 2,464 4.3
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease / Allied Conditions (490-496) 93 2,871 3.2
Disease of the Digestive System (520-579) 120 2,156 5.6
Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis (571) 30 674 4.5
Congenital Anomalies (740-759) 39 343 11.4
Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period (760-779) 9 469 1.9
Symptoms, Signs and Ill-Defined Conditions (780-799) 250 490 51.0
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (798.0) 118 111 106.3

 

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