Doc says Arroyo suffering from colitis


Posted at Nov 29 2011 04:20 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2011 12:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is suffering from colitis or colonitis, one of her camp’s justifications that she needs to remain in the hospital.

Based on the latest medical bulletin from attending physician, Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes, a recent colonoscopy “showed a progression of colitis.”

The bulletin reads further, “antibiotics were resumed after the colonoscopy on November 27, this time given intravenously, for a minimum of five days…Oral and intravenous hydration was also started on November 27.”

Based on, colonitis or colitis “is an inflammation of the large intestines (bowel) that is sometimes classified under the general term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). According to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, this condition is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).”

"...While the symptoms of both IBD and IBS are similar, the distinction between to the two conditions is made in the way the disease affects the body. IBD is an autoimmune disease that can lead to the bowel becoming narrow due to the inflammation and ulcers may form in the large intestine. With IBS, there isn't a known cause, and it is considered a general disorder of the intestinal tract,” the website said.

The Pasay Regional Trial Court summoned anew Cervantes to further detail the health condition of Arroyo, this time prompted by a request from the defense.

Branch 112 clerk of court Joel Pelicano said Cervantes was ordered to appear before the court on December 1 at 9:00 a.m.

On Monday, the Arroyo camp asked the Pasay court to extend her hospital arrest for a few more days because of the recent medical finding.

It was Arroyo’s lawyers who earlier tried to stop moves to have the doctors testify in open court.