BANGKOK – Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the longest-reigning living monarch, has been treated for hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, in Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement.
“It was detected that his facial muscles had irregular movements and the doctor conducted a computer X-ray and found there was an irregular surplus of fluid in the backbone and brain,” said the statement disseminated Friday night, according to The Nation newspaper.
The 88-year-old king’s team of doctors corrected the excess cerebrospinal fluid by adjusting a tube in his abdomen.
Bhumibol ascended the Thai throne in 1946 but was crowned only on May 5, 1950, a week after he married current Queen Sirikit, according to an official biography.
The King, who has been suffering from different age-related ailments, last appeared in public on Jan. 11 this year, to make a brief visit to Chitralada Palace in Bangkok.