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Defense Secretary Austin expected to resume normal duties Tues.

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(NewsNation) — After undergoing non-surgical procedures to address a bladder issue, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to “resume his normal duties” Tuesday.

“The current bladder issue is not expected to change his anticipated full recovery,” a statement from officials at Walter Reed Military Medical Center said.

Austin had been taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday afternoon. This follows another hospital stay in January for an infection stemming from a Dec. 22 surgery for prostate cancer.

The statement from Reed medical officials said Austin’s cancer prognosis “remains excellent.”


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His initial hospital stay raised questions when it was revealed that  President Joe Biden and other top officials weren’t informed about it for days. At a recent press briefing, Austin acknowledged that he “did not handle this right.”

In the aftermath, new procedures have been implemented to prevent future lapses in notification. There’s also an ongoing internal Pentagon review and inspector general review into his department’s notification procedures. Some members of Congress have called for hearings on the matter.

This story is developing. Refresh for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.