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Joan Rivers´ hospitalization: Risk of
complications from endoscopic
procedures usually low

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:Drive, 8/29/2014 8:00:25 AM

Comedian Joan Rivers was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City Thursday in critical condition, after reportedly undergoing a minor endoscopic procedure at a medical clinic. The 81-year-old host of E!’s “Fashion Police” was rushed to the hospital after she “stopped breathing,” an unnamed source told E! News. The same source told the network doctors were “putting a scope down her throat to check her vocal chords.” While authorities would not identify Rivers as the patient transferred to Mount Sinai, the New York City Fire Department told FOX411 the person transported was in cardiac arrest. Rivers was sedated

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 8/29/2014 8:36:49 AM     (No. 9985605)

It may be a "low risk" procedure, but no procedure is low risk for an 81-year old.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 8/29/2014 8:38:23 AM     (No. 9985607)

The risk is clearly higher for an 81 year old.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/29/2014 9:01:18 AM     (No. 9985642)

Urban facilities like this New York endoscopy center do many hundreds of these procedures a year. They also perform colonoscopies. The best place to have either procedure done because they are so experienced, do so many.

But risk is a highly individual thing. She may have had something else going on - she is 81 - or perhaps the sedation caused her problem.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: controlfreak, 8/29/2014 9:20:17 AM     (No. 9985681)

Can someone tell me why this warranted a Fox News Alert?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 8/29/2014 9:38:58 AM     (No. 9985716)

#3 - I hope they use different equipment for those procedures!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: gagolfer, 8/29/2014 10:02:43 AM     (No. 9985762)

My husband has had many endoscopies over the years for ulcers, all in the gastroenterologist´s clinic where they do many many many each day with a full staff. Never a problem until one this April. He unexpectedly still had a stomach full of food because the ulcer was preventing normal digestion. He vomited while under anesthesia and it aspirated into his lungs. There was an anesthesiologist in the room who immediately woke him, they rushed him to the hospital and cleared his lungs. The next endoscopy was done in the hospital with a breathing tube to prevent aspiration. So the unexpected can and does happen with any procedure.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 8/29/2014 10:10:57 AM     (No. 9985781)

Sorry about the second post. Reply 6, your anecdote seems to validate my layman belief that full sedation is safer in an hospital OR than in an outpatient clinic.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: toodles3956, 8/29/2014 11:21:37 AM     (No. 9985915)

These procedures were done for years with no anesthetic. I can´t understand why a Dr. would take a chance on killing someone when they know it isn´t necessary. Urologist are doing it now too for a cystoscopy. Completely unnecessary, it´s been done in the office for at least 50 years. Been there and done that.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/30/2014 12:44:44 AM     (No. 9986762)

How did they get from a procedure to look at her vocal cords to an endoscopy ?

Endoscopy and colonoscopies are on the rise because it is considered preventive and paid by Medicare now. Lining seniors up for massive number of procedures can and will cause problems. For many centers this is a cash cow.

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