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Joan Rivers Biopsy Linked to Death Denied by NYC Clinic

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By    |   Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 06:48 AM

The vocal cords biopsy under general anesthesia alleged in media reports as contributing to the death of comedian Joan Rivers never happened, claims the New York City clinic where Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death.

Reuters reported that the statement issued Wednesday by the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic was the facility's first response since Aug. 28, when Rivers was rushed to a nearby hospital from the center with cardiac arrest. She died at age 81 on Sept 4.

New York's Daily News newspaper reported on Wednesday that an unplanned vocal cord biopsy at the clinic had left the Brooklyn-born comedian unable to breathe.

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Rivers' doctor, who said he was an ear, nose and throat specialist, asked if he could use the clinic's instruments when another doctor said he had noticed something on Rivers' vocal cords, and Rivers' physician was given the go-ahead, a medical source told the newspaper.

"A biopsy like that should only be done in hospital," the newspaper quoted the unnamed medical source as saying. "If she had been in a hospital when it happened, she might have been OK."

In its statement, the clinic did not mention Rivers by name.

"A biopsy of the vocal cords has never been performed at Yorkville Endoscopy," it said. "General anesthesia has never been administered."

The cause of Rivers' death is still unknown pending further tests, according to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

The clinic did not respond for a telephone request for further information.

The State Health Department is investigating the clinic. It is reviewing documents and medical records and interviewing staff and physicians at the clinic in Manhattan's Yorkville neighborhood, which opened in February 2013.

The clinic said its board-certified anesthesiologists use light to moderate sedation and monitor the patient continuously using state-of-the-art equipment.

"Yorkville Endoscopy has strict policies in place for the criteria of who gets treated in this center versus in a hospital," it said, adding it also has all the airway equipment needed for emergency intubation.

The clinic said it has performed more than 18,000 procedures.

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The vocal cords biopsy under general anesthesia alleged in media reports as contributing to the death of comedian Joan Rivers never happened, claims the New York City clinic where Rivers stopped breathing a week before her death.
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