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Argentina's Leader On Leave Over Head Injury
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been ordered to rest for four weeks after doctors found blood on her brain, her spokesman has said.
Alfredo Scoccimarro read a statement signed by the president's doctors saying Ms Kirchner had suffered a previously undisclosed blow to the head on August 12 and that tests at the time "showed nothing".
But on Saturday, Ms Kirchner went to hospital for checks on an irregular heartbeat, and because she was suffering headaches they also carried out further tests and found a subdural haematoma, a type of haemorrhage.
The statement defined it as "chronic" and not "acute," which suggests that it has been slowly building over time.
Mr Scoccimarro said doctors "ordered her to rest for a month" but did say she had to be "on total rest".
He did not immediately say how much she would be working, but added that Ms Kirchner would be receiving follow-up treatment.
Argentina's first democratically-elected female leader has had several health concerns while in office.
In January 2012, less than a month into her second term, the 60-year-old underwent surgery to remove her thyroid gland only to be told that she had been mistakenly diagnosed with cancer.
Mr Scoccimarro did not indicate whether Vice President Amado Boudou, a former economy minister, would take over any of Ms Kirchner's duties during her recovery.
If Ms Kirchner follows doctors' orders, she will not be able to campaign for her allies ahead of key congressional mid-term elections on October 27 that will determine whether the ruling Front For Victory party holds onto enough seats to enable her to continue ruling largely by decree.