With 3 updates: King’s health deteriorates (and improves)

10 08 2015

It was 31 May 2015 when the king was returned to hospital after a brief spell in Hua Hin that began on 10 May. Little has been heard since.On 10 August, an announcement has been made, suggesting that his health has deteriorated but assuring the country that things are (again) on the mend.

The Guardian reports that:

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, has been treated by doctors for “water on the brain” and also has a chest infection, the royal palace has said….

Examination of King Bhumibol showed he had water on the brain, or hydrocephalus, a buildup of the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain, said the Royal Household Bureau, which tightly controls news about Thailand’s royal family.

A further examination this month showed treatment had been effective and fluid levels in the king’s brain had stabilised.

“Examinations showed fluid in the brain had increased and a team of physicians asked permission to increase fluid drainage gradually of the brain and watch symptoms closely,” the palace said in a statement.

“An x-ray of the royal brain on August 5 showed water levels had decreased to close to the original volume,” the statement said, adding that treatment would continue until levels were fully back to normal.

Update 1: The televised announcement is posted by Thai PBS. The Straits Times reports “increased levels of cerebrospinal fluid.”

Update 2: Hydrocephalus is mentioned at Wikipedia. The [U.S.] National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has a “fact sheet” on hydrocephalus.

Update 3: Of course, and as usual, the local media loyally reports that the king is “back to normal.” This report adds that the reason for the king’s return to hospital was apparently related to “elevated levels of cerebrospinal fluid…”. While some reports state that this Royal Household Bureau announcement is the second, the Bangkok Post states that it is the 14th statement. There’s more detail in this report.


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21 05 2016
King’s health declines further | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] water in his brain…”. This is the second time this has been reported, with an earlier episode in late 2015. Even earlier, he was reported to have had bleeding in the […]

21 05 2016
King’s health declines further | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] water in his brain…”. This is the second time this has been reported, with an earlier episode in late 2015. Even earlier, he was reported to have had bleeding in the […]