tulsas medical examiner said Thursday that he was investigating a report that a patient died of lymph node inflammation after undergoing surgery in Tulsa Medical Center.
Tulsa Medical Center said Friday that the patient, a 74-year-old woman, was admitted to the hospital Aug. 30.
The woman, who was admitted with pneumonia, had an underlying health condition, said spokeswoman Katie McManus.
McManus said the hospital has not been contacted by authorities.
She said the woman had been in the hospital for more than a year.
She was admitted because she had a history of lymph nodes.
“This is a very serious incident, and we will be following up on it,” McManuses said.
Tests were performed and the woman was not treated for the cause of death, she said.
McManuses did not say how long the woman has been in hospital.
McDonough, the hospital spokesman, said he couldn’t discuss specifics of the case, but that the hospital had notified authorities and would work with Tulsa County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Tulane Medical Center has had a number of recent deaths related to lymph node infection.
Last week, a patient was admitted and died at the hospital, and a second patient died on Aug. 16.
McMannus said there was no indication that the man’s death was related to the procedure.
Travis County District Attorney Brett M. Walker said in a statement that his office was “reviewing the case and will provide additional information as soon as possible.”
“We have no reason to believe that the death was the result of the procedure,” he said.
The medical examiner’s office has received more than 5,000 calls about lymph node disease, including many from people with chronic health conditions, Walker said.
“There are no reports of any fatalities from this procedure,” McDonough said.
McGowan said she and her husband, a veterinarian, have been “very busy” during the past month, and that they have been unable to travel to work due to the infection.
McKenzie said she hopes to find a doctor to help her get home.
She has been feeling “more and more nauseated” as she tries to eat, she wrote in a Facebook post.
More than 1,400 people have shared their stories of lymph nodules in hospitals and clinics across the country, according to a website called Health.com.
A study of lymphoma patients in the United States by researchers at Johns Hopkins University published in August found that the incidence of lymphnode disease has increased significantly since 2003, as doctors have learned how to identify and treat it.