A 28-year-old member asked:
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is it true that the closer you get to death the more your body start to curl up into the fetal position?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
35 years experience Wound care
Dying Process: While this occurs in some people, this stereotype is not the usual situation. One scenario in which this can happen is the frail elderly patient that has a slow decline, confining them in bed over a prolonged period time. Then the large muscles, from disuse, begin to contract and atrophy, and the body becomes curled.
Answered on Jul 23, 2018
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Dr. Navita Modi
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes : Because you are loosing bone mass that makes your body like that
Answered on Apr 9, 2019
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
21 years experience Geriatrics
Muscle contracture: As the body dies, dehydration combined with malnutrition will cause the large muscles to contract leading a 'fetal position' appearance.
Answered on Oct 30, 2020

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