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Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin released from Walter Reed
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Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin released from Walter Reed

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Pentagon.

"He is recovering well and resumed his full functions and duties today at 5 pm," the press release noted. "On the advice of his doctors, Secretary Austin will recuperate and perform his duties remotely from home for a period before returning to work at the Pentagon later this week. He has full access to the unclassified and classified communications systems necessary to perform his duties."

Austin underwent a prostatectomy in December due to cancer but wound up back at Walter Reed for awhile in January before getting released later the same month.

But he was admitted again on Sunday.

"Secretary Austin was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Feb. 11 with discomfort and concern from a bladder issue related to his December 2023 prostate cancer surgery. His condition indicated a need for close monitoring by the critical care team and supportive care. His diagnostic evaluation identified the cause of his bladder issue and it was corrected with non-surgical procedures on Feb. 12," Dr. John Maddox and Dr. Gregory Chesnut noted in a statement included in the Pentagon press release.

"He remained in good condition throughout and no longer needed critical care monitoring on the morning of Feb. 13. He progressed well and was discharged to his home today. He is anticipated to continue his full recovery. The bladder issue was not related to his cancer diagnosis and will have no effect on his excellent cancer prognosis."

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Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg

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