Buerger’s Disease, Which Duterte Has Admitted, Could be Debilitating – Doctor
December 10, 2015 1:55 PM
MANILA, Philippines — Buerger’s Disease — a condition reports say Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has admitted as having — is a debilitating ailment that, as it progresses, causes extreme pain from spasms in veins clogged as a result of either smoking or high cholesterol levels, or both.
The condition could also be fatal when blood clots travel from the area of the clogged veins to the lungs or other sensitive parts of the body, a doctor told radio station dzRH Thursday morning.
Buerger’s is marked by the clogging of big and small veins and is “debilitating in its advanced stages,” when strong pain killers, “not just ordinary analgesics,” have to be prescribed to deal with the extreme pain; the pain is also often associated with “flared tempers,” said Dr. Jose Montemayor when asked to explain the ailment.
According to Philippine Star, Duterte had in the past admitted to having Buerger’s Disease, but had pointedly disputed a report by a freelance writer that he had throat cancer, accusing the writer of spreading the canard on behalf of Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas.
Another presidential candidate, Senator Miriam Santiago, has also had health issues raised against her, following her own revelation over a year ago that she suffered from stage 4 lung cancer, which she now says she has beaten.
Montemayor, who is also a lawyer, said Buerger’s Disease is often associated with persons with a history of smoking or high cholesterol levels.
In its early stages, ordinary analgesics may be used, but once it progresses, he added, “it is too painful; its pain and stress could cause the blood pressure to spike,” he added.
It can cause “embolism in the lower peripheral arteries, and the clot can travel to the lungs,” he added. When this happens, the mortality among those whose lungs are compromised is around 95 percent.
According to the PhilStar, Duterte was also reported to have Barrett’s Esophagus, “a more serious form of gastroesophageal reflux, in which the lining of the esophagus is replaced by intestinal tissue.”
The controversial but vastly popular Davao mayor has repeatedly said he doesn’t obsess with becoming president, amid the huge clamor for him to seek it in 2016.
On Tuesday, the first time he went to the Commission on Elections’ main office, Duterte said he was seeking the poll body’s guidance on the validity of his certificate of candidacy for president, as the party mate he was supposedly substituting for, Martin Diño, had indicated in the CoC he filed in October that he was running for mayor of Pasay city.
The Comelec en banc spent four hours Wednesday tackling disqualification cases against Duterte and another presidential bet, Senator Grace Poe, but failed to reach a resolution.