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Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017



Coroners Act Response to the Coronial Findings in the matter of Ms Irene Magriplis dated 21 September 2017

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the matriarch of the family and a grandmother. She was looking forward to attending the weddings of three of her grandchildren in August 2015. 12. On 9 February 2015 she attended on her General Practitioner, Dr Glynatsis. She had abdominal pain, nausea and mild jaundice. Blood tests and a CT scan were arranged. Due to an abnormally dilated common bile duct an endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) was recommended. 13. Her General Practitioner referred her to Mr Treacy, a General Surgeon in Darwin. Mr Treacy saw her on 20 February 2015. 14. Mrs Magriplis did not have a good command of English and took her daughter, Marina to the appointlnent to translate. 15. The procedure was performed on 25' February 2015. Mr Treacy found a "fleshy tumour" in the common bile duct. A stent was inserted into the common bile duct during the procedure and a biopsy performed. 16.. The biopsied sample showed only chronic inflammation. There was no evidence of malignancy. Mr Treacy reported to her General Practitioner that he had booked Mrs Magriplis for another 'ERCP and removal of the stent on 15 April 2015. 17. On 5 March 2015, Mrs Magriplis along with her husband and daughter saw Dr Glynatsis. He said in evidence: "I said to her 'I prefer if there was any further treatment regarding surgery, that we proceed to a hepatobiliary unit down south'. And I made that again known to her when I saw her on 5 March. I did recommend that further surgery should be conducted elsewhere ... I agreed that she really needed to go interstate to a proper unit to have it further treated, because of the problems that can occur." 1 1 Transcript p.65

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