Mrs. Gore To Undergo Surgery

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, will undergo surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday for further examination of a thyroid nodule, according to a statement from the Vice President's office.

Mrs. Gore's nodule was "discovered during a follow-up examination for an exercise-related injury. The surgery was recommended as a precautionary measure," the statement said.

Vice President Gore accompanied his wife to the hospital on Monday. He will remain there with her after surgery. Mrs. Gore is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.

A White House aide said on Tuesday that Mrs. Gore's nodule will be tested to determine if it's cancerous. Testing is expected to take about a week.

The thyroid gland, located in the neck, produces a hormone that regulates the metabolism.

Mrs. Gore has no symptoms of thyroid disease and did not know of the nodule until it was discovered during a recent physical examination, according to the Vice President's office.