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Table 2 Frequency distribution of Chinese medicine visits by major disease categories (according to 9th ICD codes) in Alzheimer’s patients from 1997 to 2008 in Taiwan

From: Patterns of Chinese medicine use in prescriptions for treating Alzheimer’s disease in Taiwan

Major disease category ICD-9-CM code range Number of visits (%)
Chinese herbal remedies Acupuncture, or manipulative therapies Total of CM
Infectious and parasitic diseases 001–139 42 (0.2) 5 (0.02) 47 (0.2)
Neoplasms 140–239 119 (0.5) 0 (0) 119 (0.5)
Endocrine, nutritional, blood and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders 240–289 799 (3.2) 25 (0.1) 824 (3.3)
Mental disorders, diseases of the nervous system and sense organs 290–389 1901 (7.7) 389 (1.6) 2290 (9.3)
Diseases of the circulatory system 390–459 1006 (4.1) 162 (0.7) 1168 (4.7)
Diseases of the respiratory system 460–519 3449 (13.9) 93 (0.4) 3542 (14.3)
Diseases of the digestive system 520–579 2954 (11.9) 70 (0.3) 3024 (12.2)
Diseases of the genitourinary system 580–677 789 (3.2) 40 (0.2) 829 (3.3)
Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue 680–709 327 (1.3) 9 (0.04) 336 (1.4)
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 710–739 2016 (8.1) 2946 (11.9) 4962 (20.0)
Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions 780–799 3877 (15.7) 1134 (4.6) 5011 (20.2)
Injury and poisoning 800–999 77 (0.3) 852 (3.4) 929 (3.8)
Supplementary classification V01–V82, E800–E999 0 (0) 4 (0.02) 4 (0.02)
Othersa   322 (1.3) 848 (3.4) 1170 (4.7)
Total   18,138 (73.3) 6613 (26.7) 24,751 (100.0)
  1. a Other includes ICD-9-CM code range 740–779 and missing/error data