TOKYO — Emperor Hirohito, who underwent surgery last week to bypass an obstruction of his intestines, does not have cancer, his physicians said today.
Tests performed at Tokyo University showed the 86-year-old emperor is suffering from chronic pancreatitis, Akira Takagi, the emperor's chief doctor, told a news conference.
"There were scars caused by inflammation, but no cancer cells" were found on tissue taken from the emperor's pancreas during a 2 1/2-hour operation Sept. 22, Takagi said.
Hirohito is the world's longest-reigning monarch, having assumed his position in 1926.
During surgery, doctors found an egg-size obstruction in the pancreas and performed a bypass around it.
Yasuhiko Morioka, chief surgeon in the operation, said the emperor was recovering satisfactorily at the Imperial Household hospital and may be discharged next week.