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Eight physical signs associated with impending death in patients with cancer

February 9, 2015

Eight physical signs, such as nonreactive pupils and a decreased response to verbal and visual stimuli, were associated with death within 3 days for patients with advanced cancer, according to study results.

David Hui, MD, MSc, assistant professor in the department of palliative care and rehabilitation medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and colleagues previously identified five symptoms that occurred only in the last days of life, including pulselessness of the radial artery, decreased urine output, Cheyne-Stokes breathing, respiration with mandibular movement and death rattle.

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