When she died after a week, it was determined that she has suffered from anoxic encephalopathy
, a medical condition which is caused when there is brain damage due to the lack of oxygen in brain tissue.
Rivers died from ''anoxic encephalopathy
due to hypoxic arrest'' -- brain damage due to lack of oxygen -- during a procedure to scope her upper gastrointestinal tract and vocal folds, a spokeswoman for the city's medical examiner said.
She was diagnosed with anoxic encephalopathy
, or brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.
In the obstetric haemorrhage group 9/6 (67% mortality rate), ruptured ectopic pregnancy, ruptured uterus, postpartum haemorrhage with renal failure in a sickle cell patient, placenta praevia complicated by massive haemorrhage and hysterectomy, abruptio placenta with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC,) and anoxic encephalopathy
following intraoperative cardiac arrest were the causes of death.
The most common diagnoses among the 33 demented patients were Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia or anoxic encephalopathy
. Collectively, they accounted for 20 cases.
This explains the court's findings in a malpractice case where a mother was successful in her suit against an obstetrician after her baby sustained anoxic encephalopathy
An autopsy determined cause of death was anoxic encephalopathy
due to respiratory arrest caused by preeclampsia.