Report: Unplanned Biopsy Cut Off Joan Rivers’ Air Supply
[su_right_ad]When Joan Rivers went for a routine endoscopy August 28 a doctor noticed “something” on her vocal chords. Another doctor who arrived with her entourage offered to perform a biopsy which, according to the New York Daily News, caused her air supply to be cut off.
Such a procedure is not supposed to be performed outside of a hospital, according to medical experts.
The Aug. 28 biopsy at Yorkville Endoscopy, an E. 93rd St. clinic that usually only deals with digestive issues, caused Rivers’ vocal chords to seize — a condition doctors call a laryngospasm — cutting off her air supply, the source said.
“A biopsy like that should only be done in a hospital setting,” the source said.
“If she had been in a hospital when it happened, she might have been okay,” the source said.