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Man died after liver biopsy, inquest hears
A RETIRED sales representative died from internal bleeding following a liver biopsy at Salisbury District Hospital, an inquest heard on Friday.
Colin Racey, 76, died on September 21, 2011 and the inquest heard that following his death the hospital carried out a review and changed its procedures.
Mr Racey, of Riverside Close, Laverstock, was admitted to hospital in August 2011 suffering from heart, kidney and liver failure.
A biopsy was carried out and his condition initially appeared to be improving but he died from an internal haemorrhage on September 21. It was later discovered that Mr Racey’s liver had changed “significantly” since a CT scan carried out three weeks before the operation and the biopsy had caused a cut that led to the haemorrhage.
The inquest heard that about one in 100 people have a fatal haemorrhage following the type of biopsy Mr Racey underwent.
Dr Christine Blanchard, medical director at the hospital, said the hospital already acting well within the national guidance but that following Mr Racey’s death patients are now required to have a CT scan closer to the operation date.
Assistant Wiltshire coroner Claire Balysz recorded a narrative verdict.
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