Melania Trump Had A Problem With Her Kidney. Should We Worry About The First Lady?

May 16, 2018 13:06

On Monday, the First Lady Melania Trump had an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition, according to a statement issued by the White House:

The statement reads:

This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.  The procedure was successful and there were no complications.  Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week.  The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.


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President Trump wasn't at the hospital when his wife underwent the procedure, but he has visited her and tweeted that she's "doing really well":


But what is embolization and what is this kind of procedure done for? And should we worry about the First Lady's health?


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Embolization is a non-surgical procedure used to stop a bleeding or cut off blood supply to an abnormal growth, either benign or malignant.

The White House statement says the condition is benign, but it didn't clarify what exactly it is. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's medical correspondent, suggested the procedure was done to treat a kidney cyst. Kidney cysts rarely cause problems unless they grow large.

A few other kidney conditions embolization is done for include the following:

  • angiomyolipoma, a benign kidney tumor;
  • rarely, renal arteriovenous malformation (AVM), in which blood vessels in the kidney grow abnormally.

Whatever her condition is, we wish Melania Trump a speedy recovery and hope she leaves hospital as expected.

Source: PEOPLE, Women's Health, Interventional Urology

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