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Cukurova Med J. 2016; 41(3): 559-563

Terminal lucidity phenomena

Mehmet Emin Demirkol, Lut Tamam.

Unexpected symptom remission in psychiatric and neurologic disesases shortly before patients’ death have been known since last 250 years but not received enough attention. This phenomenon is called terminal lucidity. Terminal lucidity can be experienced at patients with diagnosis of dementia, schizophrenia, brain abscess, brain tumour, stroke and mood disorders. Explanatory models about reasons and neurobiology of this phenomenon will contribute to develop new treatment strategies about mentioned diseases and to pass the last times before death better

Key words: Terminal lucidity, dementia, schizophrenia

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