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Terminal Restlessness

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Updated June 30, 2008

Definition: Terminal restlessness is a common symptom at the end of life. Symptoms may include inability to relax, picking at clothing or sheets, confusion and agitation, and trying to climb out of bed.

Some causes of terminal restlessness are reversible such as pain, a full bladder, constipation, and side effects of medication.

Also Known As: restlessness, agitation
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