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07 June 2012 15:00
An expert has highlighted a potential link between the rainy weather during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant and Prince Philip's bladder condition
The conditions during Sunday's Diamond Jubilee Pageant may have contributed to the Duke of Edinburgh developing his bladder infection, according to experts.
Prince Philip stood at the Queen's side for more than three hours on the deck of the Royal Barge for much of the pageant.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday that the Duke's condition has "improved considerably", though he is likely to remain in hospital over the next few days.
Dr Frank Chinegwundoh explained that the cold and wet weather, not drinking enough and infrequent toilet visits while on the Spirit of Chartwell may have contributed to the infection.
The consultant urological surgeon said these infections are caused by bugs already in the system, but that Sunday's weather might have triggered its development.
Although most people would expect to avoid their holidays being a wash out, these events could indicate how important it is to secure
medical travel insurance to guard against unexpected conditions.
Dr Chinegwundoh, from Barts Health NHS Trust in London, suggested the cause of the infection was likely to be related to the Duke of Edinburgh's prostate gland, but the weather would not have helped his condition.
"I don't think it helps, because he would not have had a lot of fluids nor would he have been peeing to wash out any bugs and all the wet and cold might have reduced his immune system so I think the combination of everything may have led to this," he said.
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