BUENOS AIRES - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez never had cancer despite being diagnosed with the disease last month and having her thyroid gland removed on Jan. 4, her spokesman said on Saturday.
The government announced just after Christmas that the recently re-elected leader had thyroid cancer.
The operation to remove the gland went well, but when it was later analyzed it turned out to have never contained cancerous cells, said spokesman Alfredo Scoccimaro.
"The original diagnosis has been modified," he told a news conference. "The presence of cancer cells was discarded."
Fernandez was originally diagnosed with papillary carcinoma.