Just so we’re clear about the cause, okay?

I love the qualifier in this article on Ashcroft:

…Ashcroft was taken Thursday night to the George Washington University Hospital for evaluation.

“After a full medical work up in the emergency room, it was determined that he was suffering from a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis,” Corallo said. “He was admitted to intensive care for careful monitoring and is being treated with antibiotics.”

Corallo said he expects Ashcroft will spend a couple of days in the hospital.

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, a small organ that secretes digestive enzymes and insulin. The two main causes are alcohol abuse and, as in Ashcroft’s case, a gallstone that blocks the passage leading from the pancreas to the beginning of the small intestine. It also may be caused by infection, injury or certain medications. (my emphasis)

Because we all know that John Ashcroft certainly does not drink.

In other medical news, Ashcroft also reported shin splints which can be caused by dancing or, in Ashcroft’s case, from chasing down evildoers.

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