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Madiba responding well to treatment

Pleural effusion is excess fluid that accumulates between the two pleural layers.

The presidency says Nelson Mandela is responding well to treatment.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency said on Saturday that former president Nelson Mandela was comfortable and breathing properly after undergoing a procedure to remove a pleural effusion.

Pleural effusion is excess fluid that accumulates between the two pleural layers, the fluid-filled space that surrounds the lungs.

The 94-year-old former statesman was admitted to an unidentified health facility on Wednesday evening, after suffering from a recurring lung infection.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Madiba then experienced a complication, but is now responding well to treatment.

"Former president Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital during the late hours of the 27th March due to recurrence of pneumonia," explained Maharaj.

"Doctors advised that due to the lung infection, former president Mandela had developed a pleural effusion which was tapped."

This is the second time Mandela has been admitted to hospital this month. He spent two days at a health facility to undergo a routine check-up.