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Immediate Release

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Released From Hospital

Following consultation with medical staff, Secretary Austin was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today at approximately 3:30 pm. 

He is recovering well and resumed his full functions and duties today at 5 pm. The Deputy Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House, and Congress have been notified.

On the advice of his doctors, Secretary Austin will recuperate and perform his duties remotely from home for a period before returning to work at the Pentagon later this week. He has full access to the unclassified and classified communications systems necessary to perform his duties.

Dr. John Maddox, Trauma Medical Director, and Dr. Gregory Chesnut, Director of the Center for Prostate Disease Research at the Murtha Cancer Center, of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, provided the following statement regarding Secretary Austin's medical condition and treatment:

Secretary Austin was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Feb. 11 with discomfort and concern from a bladder issue related to his December 2023 prostate cancer surgery.  His condition indicated a need for close monitoring by the critical care team and supportive care.  His diagnostic evaluation identified the cause of his bladder issue and it was corrected with non-surgical procedures on Feb. 12. 

He remained in good condition throughout and no longer needed critical care monitoring on the morning of Feb. 13.  He progressed well and was discharged to his home today.  He is anticipated to continue his full recovery. 

The bladder issue was not related to his cancer diagnosis and will have no effect on his excellent cancer prognosis.