WASHINGTON — First Lady Barbara Bush will undergo treatment with radioactive iodine today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to destroy her thyroid gland, which is producing excess amounts of hormones, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Mrs. Bush is expected to lose normal function of the gland in two to three months and then will have to take daily medication to maintain adequate hormone levels, a statement from her office said.
The radiation procedure, an alternative to surgery, is standard treatment for Mrs. Bush's recently diagnosed condition, known as Graves disease, and has no major side effects, said Anna Perez, the First Lady's press secretary.
Will Stay Two Hours
After ingesting radioactive iodine in an oral solution, she will remain at the hospital for about two hours for monitoring, Perez said.