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Arvind Kejriwal undergoes five-hour tongue surgery to cure chronic cough
On Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal underwent a five-hour tongue surgery to cure chronic cough. The persistent cough was troubling the AAP chief for over 40 years and reports say it was due to an enlarged tongue.

The operation was conducted at Narayana Health City, Bommasandra, Bengaluru. The hospital authorities released a statement about the surgery, which says, "The surgery corrected an anatomical abnormality of Kejriwal's oral-pharyngeal and palatal area, which was causing small amounts of saliva to trickle into his air passages whenever his nose breathing was affected by allergy or other factors."

The statement also gave an update about his health after the surgery, "Soon after recovery, Arvind Kejriwal spoke to his family members and had a few sips of water. He is expected to be fully functional in a couple of days although recovery of such a long-standing problem with its own functional accommodation will be gradual."

The surgery was conducted by Suhel Hasan, head of Oto-Laryngology, which involved correction of a septal spur and Palato-pharynx. Along with it, repositioning the tongue base relationship by reorganisation of the chin area was also done.

The doctor said, "Computer analytics confirmed that a restricted space for the movement of his tongue and an enlarged soft palate and uvula in relation to a slight increase in the volume of the tongue caused kinematic problems in function."

48-year-old Arvind Kejriwal, who is a diabetic patient, will be kept under observation for a week at the private hospital. 

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