Terminal Lucidity

Terminal lucidity is the return of normal mental abilities prior to death in those who were unconscious and/or mentally impaired. Impairments include, but are not limited to: brain abscesses, tumors, strokes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. In the majority of cases (>80%) this phenomenon occurs within seven days of death.

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University of Virginia Medical School – Division of Perceptual Studies