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NCHS 52 Rankable 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. For more information about the NCHS rankings see Part 9 - Underlying Cause-of-Death Lists for Tabulating Mortality Statistics on the NCHS website.

A full list of ICD-10 codes is available at

Cause of Death

ICD-10 Codes


1 Salmonella infections A01-A02
2 Shigellosis and amebiasis A03, A06
3 Tuberculosis A16-A19
4 Whooping cough A37
5 Scarlet fever and erysipelas A38, A46
6 Meningococcal infection A39
7 Septicemia A40-A41
8 Syphilis A50-A53
9 Acute poliomyelitis A80
10 Arthropod-borne viral encephalitis A83-A84, A85.2
11 Measles B05
12 Viral hepatitis B15-B19
13 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease B20-B24
14 Malaria B50-B54
15 Malignant neoplasms C00-C97 Common name: Cancer
16 In situ neoplasms, benign neoplasms and neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior D00-D48
17 Anemias D50-D64
18 Diabetes mellitus E10-E14
19 Nutritional deficiencies E40-E64
20 Meningitis G00, G03
21 Parkinson disease G20-G21
22 Alzheimer disease G30
23 Diseases of heart I00-I09, I11, I13, I20-I51 Common name: Heart disease
24 Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease I10, I12, I15
25 Cerebrovascular diseases I60-I69 Common name: Stroke
26 Atherosclerosis I70
27 Aortic aneurysm and dissection I71
28 Influenza and pneumonia J09-J18
29 Acute bronchitis and bronchiolitis J20-J21
30 Chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD) J40-J47 Includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and other CLRDs
31 Pneumoconioses and chemical effects J60-J66, J68
32 Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids J69
33 Peptic ulcer K25-K28
34 Diseases of appendix K35-K38
35 Hernia K40-K46
36 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis K70, K73-K74
37 Cholelithiasis and other disorders of gallbladder K80-K82
38 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis N00-N07, N17-N19, N25-N27 Common name: Kidney disease
39 Infections of kidney N10-N12, N13.6, N15.1
40 Hyperplasia of prostate N40
41 Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organs N70-N76
42 Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium O00-O99 This is not the same as "maternal mortality." Maternal death counts and rates are reported here.
43 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period P00-P96
44 Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities Q00-Q99 Common names: Birth defects or Congenital anomalies
45 Unintentional injuries V01-X59, Y85-Y86
46 Intentional self-harm (suicide) X60-X84, Y87.0, *U03
47 Assault (homicide) X85-Y09, Y87.1, *U01-*U02
48 Legal intervention Y35, Y89.0
49 Operations of war and their sequelae Y36, Y89.1
50 Complications of medical and surgical care Y40-Y84, Y88
51 Enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile A04.7 Common name: C. diff.
52 Coronavirus disease 2019 U07.1 Common name: COVID-19

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.

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