WASHINGTON — Barbara Bush has a lesion known as a papule in the middle of her forehead that will be removed by doctors, her spokeswoman said Friday.
Mrs. Bush told her press secretary, Anna Perez, that the raised lesion is "not a big deal," Perez said.
Papules are raised skin lesions that are usually benign and are removed by burning, freezing or excising and are then examined by a pathologist.
They are common to people who have spent a lot of time in the sun.
The papule was discovered during the 65-year-old First Lady's routine physical examination Tuesday at Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
"She said she was fine. She got a clean bill of health," Perez said of the First Lady's overall condition. She said she did not know when the papule would be removed.
Mrs. Bush also was evaluated for her Graves disease, an immune system disorder that initially affected her thyroid and continues to irritate her eyes.