Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Melania Trump treated for benign kidney condition

Melania Trump treated for benign kidney condition

Melania Trump, US first lady, has undergone a successful kidney surgery, the White House said in a statement.

She underwent the surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda on Monday, New York Post reported. The statement described the kidney condition as "benign" but provided no further details. "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!" he wrote in a tweet.

So, why does Melania's blood flow to her kidneys need to be blocked?

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"Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania".

The treatment of choice for the condition is through embolization, which involves cutting off the blood supply to the abnormal growth so it would shrink and eventually die off. "The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere", she continued.

The president spoke with the first lady before the procedure, and he also spoke to the doctor after the procedure had been finished, a White House official said.

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They're not common but tend to occur in middle-aged women, and if they become large enough, they can cause problematic bleeding, said Dr. Keith Kowalczyk of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Most of the time, these benign tumors are found when people undergo medical scans for another reason, but sometimes people have pain or other symptoms, Kowalczyk said. This is done by placing blocking agents in a blood vessel - think gelfoarm, metallic coils or PVA granules.

Normally, this is an outpatient procedure, but the first lady will be recovering the rest of the week in the hospital. They have a 12-year-old son named Barron.

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He went on to explain that the procedure is usually low risk, though he understood why the doctors want Trump to stay in the hospital for the remainder of the week. Grisham, who has visited the first lady, later told CBS that the first lady is "doing very well" and is in "good spirits".

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