Blood clot puts Yves Leterme in hospital

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Doctors at Leuven University Hospital have said that a blood clot was the cause of Yves Leterme's medical problems.

Doctors at Leuven University Hospital have said that a blood clot was the cause of Yves Leterme's medical problems.

Belgium's Prime Minister-in-waiting ended up in hospital last week after he became ill.

Chief physician Frank Rademaekers of Leuven University Hospital told reporters that the blood clot resulted in high blood pressure and varicose veins in Mr Leterme's oesophagus.

The veins started bleeding after Mr Leterme took medication for incipient pneumonia.

The politician expected to take over from Premier Guy Verhofstadt (Flemish liberal) at Easter will have to stay in hospital for a few more days.

He will be able to take part in discussions on the 2008 budget via the telephone.

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