Table 6.

Cause of death, USRDS 2001 to 2002 cohort, by dialysis withdrawal and hospice status

Cause of DeathHospice(%; n = 15,565)Withdrawn(%; n = 25,075)All(%; N = 115,239)
Unknown and missing24.99.116.4
Cardiac combinationsa18.221.422.3
Other identified cause15.016.67.6
Cardiac arrest (cause unknown)14.315.322.6
Malignancy9.57.23.7
Septicemia5.410.611.3
Stroke3.05.54.2
Dementia1.31.40.4
Cachexia2.52.91.1
Other with <1%b6.010.110.3
  • a Cardiac combinations included atherosclerotic heart disease, acute myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, hyperkalemia, and pulmonary edema.

  • b Most common of these diagnoses were pneumonia, ischemic bowel, ischemic brain damage, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, other hemorrhage, other infections, valvular heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.