Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for bile duct stent replacement

by Peter Heck · Jul 30th, 2020 10:22 am
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Last Updated Aug 2nd, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Just weeks after announcing her liver cancer had returned, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in the hospital after undergoing a procedure to revise a bile duct stent placed there last August.

Calling the non-surgical procedure "minimally invasive," spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said the 87-year-old justice is expected to be released from the hospital by the end of the week.

"According to her doctors, stent revisions are common occurrences and the procedure, performed using endoscopy and medical imaging guidance, was done to minimize the risk of future infection," Arberg said.

This procedure is the latest in a string of health issues the Supreme Court's most liberal member has been dealing with in recent years. In fact, it is the third time she has been hospitalized in the last three months. The first two times were for and infection accompanied by fever and chills, as well as the removal of gallstones.

Ginsburg is also currently undergoing chemotherapy for liver cancer, the fifth time she has been treated for the disease.


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