Deaths

Bronchiectasis-related deaths

In 2018, there were 983 deaths where bronchiectasis was recorded as either the underlying (387) or an associated (596) cause of death. For more information on how deaths are registered, coded and updated, see Deaths data.

During the period 2009 to 2018, where bronchiectasis was identified as the underlying cause of death, the death rate fluctuated slightly between 1.1 and 1.4 deaths per 100,000 population (Figure 1). The male death rate fluctuated over the same period, from 0.7 to 1.1 deaths per 100,000 population. The female death rate fluctuated over the period 2008 to 2013 and then remained stable at 1.6 deaths per 100,000 population from 2014 to 2017, before slightly dropping to 1.4 deaths per 100,000 in 2018.

Deaths due to bronchiectasis as an underlying cause are more common in people aged 60 and over. In 2018, 96% of bronchiectasis deaths were among those aged 60 or over. The death rate due to bronchiectasis as an underlying cause also fluctuated for people aged 60 years and over during 2009 and 2018, from 6.0 to 7.6 deaths per 100,000 population, peaking at 7.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 2015 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Age-standardised death rate where bronchiectasis was the underlying cause, by sex, 2009–2018

The line chart shows that the death rate where bronchiectasis was the underlying cause of death fluctuated slightly between 1.1 and 1.4 deaths per 100,000 population over the period 2009–2018. The male death rate fluctuated over the same period, from 0.7 to 1.1 deaths per 100,000 population. The female death rate fluctuated over the period 2008 to 2013 and then remained stable at 1.6 deaths per 100,000 population from 2014 to 2017, before slightly dropping to 1.4 deaths per 100,000 in 2018.

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