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Doctors drain fluid from Thai king's brain

Doctors in Thailand have operated on 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej to remove excess fluid that was putting pressure on his brain and spinal cord.

A statement issued by the Royal Household Bureau said doctors used a tube previously placed in the king's abdomen to drain the fluids in a 75-minute procedure on Friday.

It described the result as satisfactory. The statement said the doctors advised drainage after noticing muscle spasms on the king's face.

Bhumibol, who took the throne in 1946, has been in hospital for much of the past decade with several ailments, more or less withdrawing from public life.

His health is a matter of deep public concern because of uncertainty about how smoothly a succession to his 63-year-old son Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn can be managed.

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