updated 9/26/2006 1:18:36 PM ET 2006-09-26T17:18:36

U.S. Rep. Michael Castle was talkative and in good spirits Monday after suffering two small strokes over the weekend, aides said.

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A magnetic resonance imaging test revealed that he had suffered two small strokes involving adjacent areas of the thalamus involved in processing sensory signals such as pain and pressure.

Doctors said Sunday that they expect Castle, R-Del., to recover fully, with no lasting effects from the strokes.

Aspirin and sleep prescribed
In a statement, Castle spokeswoman Elizabeth Wenk said the 67-year-old lawmaker was joking around and discussing legislation with his staff.

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"His main treatment regimen is aspirin and sleep," Wenk said. "The doctors are hoping he will be able to be discharged in the next few days."

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 is being challenged by Democrat Dennis Spivack, Independent Karen Hartley-Nagle, and Green Party candidate Michael Berg.

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