Yesterday, we reported that First Lady Melania Trump had been rushed to Walter Reed Medical Center for emergency kidney surgery. Now, an update has come in about the first lady’s health in the wake of this medical scare.
Fox News reported that Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said that the First Lady will remain at the hospital for the rest of the week after undergoing an embolization procedure. This type of procedure is performed to cut off blood supply to a tumor, aneurysm or abnormal growth, typically growing in the kidney or liver, to shrink the foreign mass.
“In this procedure, an interventional radiologist uses imaging guidance to insert a catheter into a primary artery and advance it to blood vessel leading to a tumor or other area where the bloody supply needs to be blocked,” the Cancer Treatment Centers of America posted on their website.
“Kidney embolization procedures are generally well tolerated,” explained John Friedewald, M.D., medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He added that it causes only minor side effects such as fever, pain or bleeding at the injection spot.
The White House has said that Melania got surgery for an abnormal mass that was labelled “benign,” meaning it won’t spread to the rest of the body. The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) states that a “simple kidney cyst” is the most common benign kidney condition.
“A simple cyst is a round or oval fluid-filled sac. One or more cysts can develop in a kidney,” the CCS said, adding that it’s most common in adults 50 years or older. Experts say that identifying kidney conditions can be incredibly difficult.
“Most kidney masses… are discovered incidentally – meaning that they are found by chance during radiologic studies obtained for an unrelated medical condition,” the Mayo Clinic explained.
We can only hope that Melania’s kidney condition does not return, and that her recovery is quick.
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