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11/06/08 Still nothing bad from Bolante medical tests
Doctors at St. Luke's Medical Center have still not found anything wrong with former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn 'Joc-joc' Bolante that may prevent him from testifying at the Senate in the near future.

In the second medical bulletin issued by St. Luke's Medical Center since he was confined October 28, Bolante's attending physician said his patient's chest pains are due to findings of gastric ulcers and esophagitis, although more tests are needed to see if these are also caused by a "narrowing of his coronary arteries."

Dr. Romeo Saavedra said a nodule has been noted in Bolante's prostate, but that "after a series of tests done by the urologist, this was considered to be of no clinical significance."

"The series of tests already done include the stress test or treadmill exercise test, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, CT scan of the whole abdomen and coronary CT angiography. Findings reveal the presence of multiple gastric ulcers, esophagitis and erosive gastritis, which tested positive for H-pylori," the medical bulletin said.

A colonoscopy was thus conducted on Bolante which "showed the presence of multiple polyps, which were all removed."

Bolante also underwent a stress test, but Saavedra said the result was "inconclusive because of the failure of the patient to reach a certain level of heart rate to make the test diagnostic for coronary artery disease."

"The failure to attain the desired heart level may be attributed to the patient's body weakness and poor physical conditioning," the medical bulletin said.

Tests were conducted on Bolante's heart and arteries, but doctors recommended that more tests have to be done.

"A CT coronary angiogram was performed, which showed significant presence of calcification in the different segments of the coronary arteries, validating the initial finding of atheromatous coronary arteries in the chest CT scan," the bulletin said.

It added that a "narrowing of a segment of one of the coronary arteries could not be entirely ruled out, therefore a conventional coronary angiogram is being planned in the next day or two."

Saavedra said Bolante complained of "unsteadiness" after the stress test, "which needs to be further evaluated, as advised by his neurologist."

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and a Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) on Bolante's brain will also be done.

"Currently, the patient is on the following medications: anti-hypertensive, anti-cholesterol, proton pump inhibitor, antibiotics, and an antihystaminic (ceterizine)," the bulletin said.

St. Luke's Medical Center said they asked for the consent of the patient and his family before it released the information to the public.

Bolante was deported and arrived from the US last October 28. The Senate immediately took him into custody but granted his request for a medical check-up.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee plans to hold a reopened probe on the P728 million fertilizer fund scam late next week.
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