| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2009 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 108--110
Eyelid closure at death
Department of Palliative Care, Nurse Maude Hospice, 15 Mansfield Avenue, Christchurch, NewZealand
Aim: To observe the incidence of full or partial eyelid closure at death.
Materials and Methods: The presence of ptosis was recorded in 100 consecutive hospice patient deaths.
Results: Majority (63%) of the patients died with their eyes fully closed, however, 37% had bilateral ptosis at death, with incomplete eye closure. In this study, central nervous system tumor involvement and/or acute hepatic encephalopathy appeared to be pre-mortem risk factors of bilateral ptosis at death.
Conclusion: Organicity and not psychogenicity is, therefore, the likely etiology of failure of full eyelid closure at death.
A D Macleod
Department of Palliative Care, Nurse Maude Hospice, 15 Mansfield Avenue, Christchurch
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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