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Joan Rivers Underwent Biopsy She Never Agreed To During Throat Procedure - Did This Cause Her Death?

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There are still so many unanswered questions in the tragic death of Joan Rivers.

While Joan stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure, all questions are now being pointed at Yorkville Endoscopy, where the work was done.

It is reported that Joan initially went in for "a diagnostic procedure [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy." Unfortunately, it sounds like something more than that might have gone down - something not pre-approved by Joan.

Joan had apparently brought another doctor with her to observe what was going on during the procedure, and when the operating doctor found something on her vocal cords, the doctor she brought "asked if he could use their instruments" to perform an unplanned biopsy on the comedienne.

Sadly, this was not something she had reportedly agreed to before going under surgery. Also, it's reported that the outside doctor should not have been allowed to perform a procedure randomly like that at the clinic.

It is believed that during the biopsy Joan suffered the vocal cord contraction laryngospasm, which eventually led to her breathing problem.

Testing is surely still being conducted in this case as the initial autopsy proved inconclusive.

We hate to think this all could have been prevented and Joan could still be with us. We just hope her family and friends get the answers they want.

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8 comments to “Joan Rivers Underwent Biopsy She Never Agreed To During Throat Procedure - Did This Cause Her Death?”

  1. allan says – reply to this


    still having a hard time with this devastating news miss her humor so much truly one of a kind RIP JOAN

  2. 2

    Well if she was IN surgery, and the Dr. saw the need to do a biopsy, wouldn't it make more sense to do it while she's already open, rather than have to cut her up again?

  3. 3

    You idiot. Way to stroke the fake fire, as usual. It's not uncommon at all for a biopsy to be done during an exploratory procedure.

  4. 4

    Considering YEARS ago she said in a Diane Sawyer interveiw she has a serious heart condition and EVERY time she goes under for plastic surgerty her heart goes out of wonk she should have never had surgery - even minor - outside a hospital. And knwing that she had this heart condition and continuing with all her many plastic surgeries was vanity over sensibility.

  5. 5

    Re: pollopicu – throat surgery for vocal chord cysts is typically done laprascopically. They would not have "cut her open". That is "old school".

  6. joe says – reply to this


    Who cares? She is dead let her be. Stop pretending you were friends. I am sure she mad funny of your big head like the rest of us.

  7. Dee says – reply to this


    From what I read she was just having her throat looked at. She would not have scheduled surgery as she was scheduled for a performance the following night.
    This whole thing is so suspicious. Endoscopy is done for gastro problems. You go to an ENT for throat problems.

  8. 8

    Even if this was true, doctors should have had intubation tubes even in a clinic to open her airway; that's pretty basic; or they could have done a tracheostomy or cricothyrostomy to create an airway. There is so much about medicine people don't have a clue about they shouldn't speculate.

    "Cricothyrostomy is the procedure of choice for emergency airway control when nasotracheal and endotracheal intubation are not possible or contraindicated. A vertical skin incision followed by a horizontal incision in the cricothyroid membrane are used. A number 6 tracheostomy tube should be used due to the anatomic size of the cricothyroid space. Using this technique, complications are rare."