24 July 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s condition has improved and he will be able to return home tomorrow (Monday), after undergoing minor surgery to remove a lymph node from his swollen right hand, performed by doctors at Phramongkutklao Hospital.

Maj-Gen Dr. Thamrongroj Temudom, the hospital’s director, told the media today that doctors initially prescribed anti-biotics to treat condition without success and an MRI scan revealed a problematic lymph node in the hand.

The prime minister’s condition has improved, but he has beenadvised to rest his right hand for a while, said Dr.Thamrongroj, adding that the lymph node was sent for lab tests.

He insisted that the prime minister was not suffering from calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD), otherwise known as pseudogout, a form of arthritis characterised by sudden, painful swelling in one or more of the joints.

The prime minister has expressed his appreciation to the media and the people for their concern over his health, said the hospital director. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday as advised by his personal doctor after his return from a trip to Ayutthaya province on Friday.

Thai PM in hospital for observation of a swollen hand