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Argentina's Fernandez begins treatment for hip pain


Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez arrives for the opening ceremony of the CELAC Summit in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean are in Cuba to talk about poverty and inequality at a summit of a regional bloc formed as a force for integration and a counterbalance to the U.S. (AP Photo/Adalberto Roque, Pool) (The Associated Press)

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is undergoing treatment for hip pain.

A statement issued by the presidency on Thursday says the 60-year-old leader has been suffering pain in her lower back and along the sciatic nerve.

She went for a checkup at a Buenos Aires hospital where x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging showed hip bursitis, an inflammation of the small sacs of fluid that lubricate the spaces between muscles and bones.

Fernandez arrived back in Buenos Aires Wednesday after attending a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Cuba.

She underwent surgery to remove a blood clot Oct. 8 and returned to work Nov. 18.