Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who became mayor in 1993 at age 50, has been hospitalized roughly a dozen times over the past two decades. Here are some of the medical issues he has faced.
March 1995 - Treated for kidney stones during a three-day hospital stay.
1997 - Hospitalized for four days as he is again treated for a kidney stones. After the treatment, he was instructed to stay away from red meat and other foods that contain high amounts of uric acid.
July 2003 - Undergoes surgery to remove a growth on his back that turned out to be a rare form of cancer - dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, which affects only one out of 200,000 people.
March 2004 - Hospitalized after being diagnosed with intestinal inflammation.
August 2004 - Treated for Crohn’s disease, a painful intestinal condition.
October 2008 - Undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair cartilage torn when he slipped during a Red Sox championship rally the previous fall.
November 2009 - Severs a tendon in his left knee while walking up the stairs at his son’s house five days after he winning reelection to a fifth term.
November 2010 - Spends Thanksgiving in the hospital after getting a skin infection after scraping his elbow in the shower of an Italian hotel room.
December 2010 - Undergoes surgery for a partial tendon tear in his right knee.
February 2012 - Breaks a toe on his left foot, forcing him to wear a protective boot for several weeks.
August 2012 - Had surgery to repair drooping eyelids, a medical condition that has slowly obscured his vision over the past decade and is most likely a consequence of age.
October 2012 - Was admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with an upper respiratory infection and a blood clot that traveled from his leg to his lungs. While in the hospital, Menino suffered a compression fracture in his spine, and remained hospitalized into November.
November 2012 - After more than five weeks in a hospital, Menino was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The announcement by Menino’s doctor came the same day he was transferred from Brigham and Women’s to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to begin the rehab process from a fracture in his lower back.
February 2013 - Menino returned to the fifth-floor office at City Hall for the first time in a while, as he recovered from a variety of illnesses while living at the Parkman House, a city-owned Greek Revival mansion on Beacon Hill.
March 2013 - After a three-month stay while recuperating from a series of illnesses, Menino moved out of Parkman House, and returned to his modest Cape-style home in the Readville section of Hyde Park.
Late March 2013 -Menino announces he will not run for a sixth mayoral term, saying his health has kept him from maintaining a schedule of back-to-back events and neighborhood visits around the city.
April 2013 - Mayor Menino breaks his right leg when he twisted his ankle and fell. He was scheduled to have a plate and screws implanted to set the fibula.