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Nick Cannon could leave hospital by Sunday, Mariah Carey says

January 7, 2012 |  7:50 am


The exact nature of actor Nick Cannon's kidney condition remains unclear, but his wife Mariah Carey told fans on Twitter that Cannon had surgery Friday and should be home by the end of the weekend.

"Nick is in stable condition with a good prognosis, hopefully he'll be discharged within 2 days," Carey wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon.

Carey did not disclose the kind of surgery Cannon had. The cause of Cannon's ailment has not been disclosed, but doctors list dehydration, diabetes, infection, trauma and kidney stones as possible causes for acute kidney failure.

Dr. Madeleine Pahl, chief of nephrology at UC Irvine Medical Center and a specialist in kidney disorders, said some kidney problems involve the organs' inability to properly filter toxins in the body. Acute kidney failure, known as a "silent" disease, may go unnoticed in most patients until it lands them in the hospital, Pahl said.

Cannon was vacationing in Aspen, Colo., when he was hospitalized for kidney failure earlier this week. He was transported to an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital Wednesday, where he underwent an operation that required no sedation.

His singer wife posted a picture from inside the hospital room. Carey is shown kissing a smiling Cannon, who is surrounded by flowers and balloons.


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Photo: Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey at an L.A. hospital. Credit: Twitter