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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 108--110

Eyelid closure at death


Department of Palliative Care, Nurse Maude Hospice, 15 Mansfield Avenue, Christchurch, NewZealand

Correspondence Address:
A D Macleod
Department of Palliative Care, Nurse Maude Hospice, 15 Mansfield Avenue, Christchurch
NewZealand
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.58454

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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.






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