Patient dies after rare complication

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A HOSPITAL patient died after suffering a rare complication during surgery, an inquest heard.

Georgina Spillett, 49, was admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, to undergo a coronary angiography – a procedure designed to detect any narrowing or blockages in the arteries leading to the heart.

The surgery involved a catheter being put into the artery and dye being injected through the vessel to show any problems.

But the catheter caused a tear in the lining of the vessel, causing dye to leak between the layers of the artery, resulting in cardiac arrest.

Mrs Spillett, of San Diego Road, Gosport, died at the hospital on August 13, last year.

Speaking at her inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall, Dr Anjana Siva, the consultant cardiologist who carried out the procedure, said: ‘We were doing this procedure because she had a history of chest tightness and one of the possible causes is angina. It’s a common procedure.

‘The risk of a tear is so rare. It’s about two to five in 10,000. This is such a rare complication.

‘If they had not carried out the procedure there would have always been the question of whether this was angina or not.’

When the tear in the vessel was detected, doctors tried to rectify the problem but to no avail.

Recording a narrative verdict David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, said: ‘She has died as a result of a complication of a necessary surgical procedure.’