updated 9/25/2006 7:07:54 AM ET 2006-09-25T11:07:54

U.S. Rep. Michael Castle suffered two small strokes but is expected to make a full recovery, doctors said Sunday.

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Castle, 67, was hospitalized in Delaware Saturday morning after waking up at his Rehoboth Beach home feeling dizzy and nauseous. He was later flown to Christiana Hospital in Newark, where he underwent a series of examinations, including a magnetic resonance imaging test.

"It did show that he actually had a small stroke," said neurologist Dr. Neil Porter. "Technically, one can say that he had two small strokes."

Porter said the stroke involved two adjacent areas of the thalamus involved in processing sensory signals such as pain and pressure.

Porter said Castle was "pretty much back to his normal self," and is expected to make a full recovery.

Castle, a former two-term governor, lieutenant governor and state legislator, is Delaware's longest serving congressman. He is seeking an eighth term as the state's sole representative in the House.

Castle, first elected to the House in 1992, is being challenged by Democrat Dennis Spivack, Independent Karen Hartley-Nagle, and Green Party candidate Michael Berg.

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