Opinion: John McCain releases medical records


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John McCain‘s campaign has just posted an overview of his medical condition, and the doctors conclude there is ‘no medical reason or problems that would preclude Sen. McCain from fulfilling all the duties and obligations of president of the United States.’

We’ll add details in a bit, and there’s a media conference call coming up in which the report will be discussed.


UPDATE: The overview details McCain’s known problems with melanoma, but the report gives him a clean bill of health on that front. No current melanomas, and he gets checked every three or four months. The report also answers the question of why it seems the side of his face juts out to the left: ‘This is a result of an absence of soft tissue on the face in front of his ear that makes the masseter (the chewing muscle) over the jaw appear more prominent. To be clear, the swelling is not due to any evidence of cancer.’

The senator also has recurring trouble with kidney stones, and had ‘4 bladder stones which were fragmented with laser in August 2001 and at the same time some benign enlarged prostate tissue was surgically removed.’ Heart’s fine -- it notes he did a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike two years ago with no problems.

-- Scott Martelle