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Saudi king to undergo new back operation

Published on Nov 12, 2012 6:05 AM
 
Saudi King Abdullah is to undergo another operation on a back problem in a Riyadh hospital this week, the palace announced on Sunday.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi King Abdullah is to undergo another operation on a back problem in a Riyadh hospital this week, the palace announced on Sunday.

Medical tests "showed the presence of a slackening ligament in the upper back," it said in a statement carried by the official news agency SPA.

It said doctors decided to operate on the king, 88, next week in the National Guard medical complex where he underwent a similar procedure in October 2011.

In November 2010, King Abdullah was operated on in New York for a debilitating herniated disc complicated by a blood clot that put pressure on his spine, and he underwent further surgery the following month.

 
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