immediate cause of death

The disease, injury, or complication that directly results in death, i.e., the ultimate consequence of the underlying cause of death

immediate cause of death

'…the disease, injury, or complication that directly precedes death', which is the ultimate consequence of the underlying cause of death. Cf Underlying cause of death.
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More specifically, the immediate cause of death was hypovolemic shock as a result of massive bleeding within the abdomen.
The immediate cause of death was multi-organ failure.
Based on Roger's death certificate, the immediate cause of death was septic shock, with pneumonia as antecedent cause and blunt abdominal trauma as underlying cause.
A medical bulletin issued in a Regenburg hospital said "circulatory collapse" affected his lungs and kidneys and the immediate cause of death was heart failure.
It was dated November 23, 1931, 8 P.M., Diagnosis: Ruptured Gangrenous Appendix, and Immediate Cause of Death: Peritonitis.
We selected codes from any location on the death record, not strictly the primary or immediate cause of death (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm).
Immediate cause of death was defined as the final disease or complication directly causing death.
The heart showed multiple subendocardial infarcts, suggesting that the immediate cause of death was acute myocardial infarction.
The immediate cause of death was mentioned as "shock and haemorrhage" in 310 (9.88%) of the analysed autopsy records.
Multiple cause-of-death records include the immediate cause of death (i.e., the final disease or condition resulting in death), up to 20 contributing causes, a single underlying cause of death (i.e., the disease or injury that initiated the events resulting in death), and significant conditions that were present at the time of death but were not a direct link in the chain of events leading to death.
What is the most likely underlying disease process in this case and what was the most likely immediate cause of death?
The terminal or immediate cause of death is the final disease or condition that the patient suffered from before death, and should be written on the first line of the cause-of-death sequence.

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