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    >> here's jenna.

    >> former first lady barbara bush remains hospitalized this morning after being admitted on saturday for a battery of tests. we go outside methodist hospital in houston for the latest.

    >> reporter: the 84-year-old former first lady admitted about 10:00 yesterday morning for a full range of tests according to a family spokesman after she reported not feeling well for the last several weeks. now authorities say that this is just routine, she came in yesterday morning on the advice and suggestion of her doctors. the family spokesman said they definitely do not believe that it is serious because even as late as friday she appeared at barbara bush elementary school here in houston and spoke to elementary school students, part of her continuing commitment to literacy. she spent nine days a year ago for surgery on an aortic valve and in november of 2008 she was here for a perforated ulcer. but she's expected to be released in a day or two. the family spokesman said she was driven to the hospital by her husband, the former president. back to you.

NBC News and news services
updated 3/28/2010 7:39:47 AM ET 2010-03-28T11:39:47

Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized Saturday in Houston to undergo routine tests but doctors don't suspect anything serious, a family spokeswoman said.

Bush, 84, was being treated at Methodist Hospital and should be released in a day or two, spokeswoman Jean Becker said late Saturday.

"She hasn't been feeling well for about a week, and the doctors thought she should come in and undergo a battery of tests," Becker said. "It's not serious. She just hasn't been feeling herself and they're just trying to figure out why."

Becker declined to provide details, but said former President George H.W. Bush drove his wife to the hospital Saturday morning after consulting with her doctors. A hospital spokeswoman declined comment, saying information was only being released through the family.

NBC News reported that the former president was with her at the hospital.

Sources told NBC that the problem was not believed to be related to her heart or the aortic valve operation that she underwent in March 2009.

Mrs. Bush underwent surgery then to have her aortic valve replaced by a valve from a pig. That surgery was performed because she was suffering from a severe narrowing of the main valve.

Mrs. Bush underwent surgery in November 2008 for a perforated ulcer. When she lived at the White House, she disclosed she was suffering from an overactive thyroid ailment known as Graves' disease. The disease causes teary eyes and double vision, according to her doctors.

NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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