Reaction to bone cement during surgery led to Bury St Edmunds woman’s death - Inquest

Active Business Centre ANL-161129-133123009
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A Bury St Edmunds woman died after she suffered a reaction to surgery for a fractured hip an inquest has been told.

Gwennie Deville, 86, of Pembroke Close, Bury, broke her hip in a fall outside her home on October 7.

The next day she had surgery at West Suffolk Hospital to repair the bone but became unwell as special cement was being applied in the repair, the inquest heard on Monday at the Active Business Centre, Bury St Edmunds.

The day after she was moved to the intensive treatment unit but died from complications linked to the bone cement.

Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said bone cement implantation syndrome was a recognised condition, and although a number of theories had been put forward as to the cause, none had been proven.

He recorded a conclusion that Mrs Deville died from bone cement implantation syndrome following an operation on her femur.