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Menino remains hospitalized due to acute back pain

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Boston Mayor Tom Menino continues to recover from a viral infection, blood clot and fractured vertebrae at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Menino, 69, was expected to be released last week; however, officials announced during the press conference on Tuesday that he remains hospitalized due to acute back pain associated with his fractured vertebrae.

Dr. Charles Morris, Menino's attending physician, and Dr. Dale Adler, Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, said the mayor was extremely washed out when he first arrived at the hospital on Oct. 26. The mayor had an infection and a blood clot, but just about everything has gotten better.

The infection was improving, but Menino suffered a setback with his back which is prompting further investigation.

The doctors said they do not believe that there is a serious issue causing Menino's bones to be more brittle. The mayor is undergoing rehabilitation twice a day and is able to walk.

Members of his staff continue to brief Menino regularly.

Menino was hospitalized following a trip to Italy in October. Officials said the trip left him extremely weak and caused severe pain in his lower back which led to a compression fracture in his spine.

It was later learned that he had a viral infection and blood clot.

Menino continued to work from his hospital bed and made decisions about the city through Hurricane Sandy.

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