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New Jersey's Major Causes of Death

In order to provide a consistent grouping and ranking standard, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) prepared a List of 113 Selected Causes of Death. Fifty causes on that list plus two others are eligible to be ranked as leading causes of death (List of 52 Rankable Causes of Death).

NJDOH's Center for Health Statistics derived this List of Major Causes of Death from the 52 Cause List by grouping rare (fewer than 100 deaths per year) but rankable causes as well as unrankable causes into one residual group for ease of use and tabulation. For more information about the NCHS rankings see Cause of Death Ranking on the NCHS website.

A full list of ICD-10 codes is available at

Cause of Death

ICD-10 Codes


1 Enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile A04.7 Common name: C. diff
2 Septicemia A40-A41
3 Viral hepatitis B15-B19
4 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease B20-B24
5 Malignant neoplasms C00-C97 Common name: Cancer
6 In situ neoplasms, benign neoplasms and neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior D00-D48
7 Anemias D50-D64
8 Diabetes mellitus E10-E14
9 Nutritional deficiencies E40-E64
10 Parkinson disease G20-G21
11 Alzheimer disease G30
12 Diseases of heart I00-I09, I11, I13, I20-I51 Common name: Heart disease
13 Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease I10, I12, I15
14 Cerebrovascular diseases I60-I69 Common name: Stroke
15 Atherosclerosis I70
16 Aortic aneurysm and dissection I71
17 Influenza and pneumonia J09-J18
18 Chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD) J40-J47 Includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and other CLRDs
19 Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids J69
20 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis K70, K73-K74
21 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis N00-N07, N17-N19, N25-N27 Common name: Kidney disease
22 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period P00-P96
23 Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities Q00-Q99 Common names: Birth defects or congenital anomalies
24 Coronavirus disease 2019 U07.1 Common name: COVID-19
25 Unintentional injuries V01-X59, Y85-Y86
26 Intentional self-harm (suicide) X60-X84, Y87.0, *U03
27 Assault (homicide) X85-Y09, Y87.1, *U01-*U02
28 Complications of medical and surgical care Y40-Y84, Y88

The ICD codes for terrorism are preceded with '*' because they are not used internationally. See Classification of Death and Injury Resulting from Terrorism on the CDC website for more information.

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