Cambridge Historian Dies After Junior Doctor Misses Heart Condition

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The news story this blog entry is based on reports that because a doctor missed the signs of a heart condition, his patient died.


Cambridge Historian dies After Junior Doctor Misses Heart condition

A Cambridge University historian died after a junior doctor working his second shift mistook a fatal heart condition for mild chest pains, an inquest heard.

Emile Perreau-Saussine, 37, died several hours after he was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with chest pains.

A junior doctor spotted a change in the lecturer’s heartbeat but failed to realise that this was a symptom of a torn aorta.

Mr Perreau-Saussine was diagnosed with ”atypical” chest pain and died hours later from a massive heart attack.

Surgeon Prof John Wallwork told an inquest at Huntingdon Coroners’ Court, Cambs, that the academic would have survived if the tear had been spotted.

In his report Prof Wallwork said: ”In my opinion the differential diagnoses in this young patient, who was previously fit, with sudden onset of severe chest pain radiating to his back, should have included aortic dissection.

”Had this been done and appropriate investigations taken place it is likely that Mr Perreau-Saussine would have been referred for emergency repair of his aortic dissection prior to his arrest and, in a reasonably fit young man, the risks of surgery would have been approximately 5-10 per cent.”

Coroner David Morris adjourned the inquest on Thursday so that more information can be gathered, especially over timings for blood tests and an x-ray.

He said: ”Professor Wallwork has indicated that perhaps the service provided by Addenbrooke’s Hospital in this case was less than optimal.”

Mr Perreau-Saussine’s wife Amanda Perreau-Saussine demanded Addenbrooke’s Hospital make improvements to prevent other patients from dying.

She said: ”We hope that improvements in treatment procedures will emerge from the investigation today into the failure to diagnose and treat Emile’s aortic dissection.

”Emile’s gentleness and candour, seriousness and mischievous joy shone through his gestures and his grin.

“And for all of us who love Emile, in the books he has left us, in his growing children, in the joyful and serious conversation that his numerous friends will continue with him, Emile is indelible. ”

Emile Perreau-Saussine, who was the world’s leading expert on philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, wrote widely in English and French on a wide range of subjects.

He was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in February this year after he fell ill with chest pains.

The inquest heard he was examined by a team of junior doctors, one of whom was working his first or second shift.

The inexperienced doctor discovered a heart murmer but did not realise that his aorta blood vessel had torn.

Dr Fraz Mir, from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, said: ”I think the hospital has admitted that we got it wrong in these circumstances – it should have been diagnosed.”

He told the inquest that the junior doctors who were involved in the care of Emile may never have come across a torn aorta before.

A post mortem examination showed that the academic, who lectured at Fitzwilliam and Pembroke colleges, died from natural causes stemming from a tear to the root of his aorta.

The inquest has been adjourned until a date yet to be set. The hospital has since made a number of changes to his systems following the tragic death of the academic.

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