immediate cause of death

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immediate cause of death


The disease, injury, or complication that directly precedes death, which is the ultimate consequence of the underlying cause of death.

As an example, fulminant acute peritonitis is the immediate cause of death and the end result of a shotgun blast to the abdomen, the underlying–aka primary or proximate cause of death.

Examples, immediate causes of death Acute myocardial infarction, bronchopneumonia, coagulopathy, congestive heart failure, intracerbral haemorrhage, liver failure, metastases, pulmonary embolism  

This condition should not just indicate the mode of dying, which merely attests to the fact of death and is not specifically related to the disease process.  Modes of dying which should not be listed as the immediate cause of death: Cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary arrest, respiratory arrest, respiratory failure, failure to thrive, multi organ/system failure 


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