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Table 3 The cause of mortalities in Dessie Referral Hospital, 2010-2012

From: Retrospective analysis of mortalities in a tertiary care hospital in Northeast Ethiopia

S. No. Reasons for mortality Frequency (%)
1. HIV/AIDS 219 (14.8)
2. Pneumonia 146 (9.9)
3. Sepsis/shock 113 (7.6)
4. Intestinal obstruction 103 (7.0)
5. Malnutrition 76 (5.1)
6. Stroke 76 (5.1)
7. Trauma and injury 71 (4.8)
8. Preterm birth and low birth weight 68 (4.6)
9. Road traffic accident 68 (4.6)
10. Anemia 51 (3.4)
11. Physical violence 51 (3.4)
12. Congestive heart 47 (3.2)
13. Meningitis 44 (2.9)
14. Tuberculosis 38 (2.6)
15. Liver disease 33 (2.2)
16. Eclampsia 31 (2.1)
17. Diabetic complications 28 (1.9)
18. Uterine rupture 24 (1.6)
19. Acute gastroenteritis 21 (1.4)
20. Peptic ulcer disease and complications 21 (1.4)
21. Poisoning 20 (1.4)
22. Peptic ulcer disease and complications 19 (1.3)
23. Post partum hemorrhage 16 (1.1)
24. Malaria 14 (0.9 )
25. Appendicitis and complications 13 (0.9)
26. Renal disease 13 (0.9)
27. Asthma and airway obstruction 12 (0.8)
28. Burn 11 (0.7)
29. Tetanus 10 (0.7)
30. Cancer 6 (0.4)
31. Others* 30 (2.0)
  Total 1481 (100)
  1. Others*:Myocardial infarction, abortion, acute febrile illness, antepartum hemorrhage, emphysema, hypertension, pharyngeal abscess, retained placenta, hernia, hemopneumothorax, gulian-Berry syndrome, deep venous thrombosis, croup, drug toxicity and anthrax, Asphyxia, Epilepsy, mechanism aspiration, hemopneumothorax, croup, Rabies.