October 7, 2013 / 1:41 PM / 4 years ago

Argentina's Fernandez to undergo hematoma surgery

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will undergo surgery on Tuesday relating to a subdural hematoma, or blood on the brain, her doctors said on Monday.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (L) walks ahead of Lower House candidate Martin Insaurralde in Buenos Aires in this handout taken by the Argentine Presidency September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Argentine Presidency/Handout via Reuters

The president’s condition may have come from hitting her head during a fall she took in August, although she was cleared by her physicians at the time.

Fernandez was admitted to hospital on Monday for pre-surgical checks after reporting a tingling sensation in her left arm, said doctors at the Buenos Aires medical center where she is being be treated.

On Saturday Fernandez was ordered to rest for a month due to her condition.

“The initial recommendation for rest and observation issued on Saturday ... was modified,” said a statement from the Fundacion Favaloro hospital. “Considering these symptoms, the president’s medical team is suggesting surgery.”

The surgery will keep the combative 60-year-old leader out of action ahead of October 27 mid-term congressional elections that will determine how much legislative clout she enjoys during her final two years in office. (Reporting by Asher Levine; Editing by Bill Trott)

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