MONDAY, Dec. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalized Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with a blood clot in her
head but in a location outside of the brain, her doctors reported
They say that Clinton did not experience any stroke or
neurological injury from the clot, and she is expected to make a
Clinton was admitted late Sunday to a hospital in New York City
after doctors discovered the obstruction, which they believe is
linked to a concussion she suffered earlier this month, a State
Department spokesman said.
Clinton, 65, has canceled most of her public events over the
past few weeks because of the head injury and "is being treated
with anticoagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so that
they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours," spokesman
Phillippe Reines said in a statement,
The New York Timesreported.
According to the
Associated Press, the clot is located in the space between
the brain and the skull behind Clinton's right ear. Blood thinning
medications are being prescribed to dissolve the clot and Clinton
will be released once the appropriate drug dose has been
established, her doctors said.
In the meantime, Clinton's spirits are high and she is
progressing well, according to a statement from Dr. Lisa Bardack of
the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George
Washington University, the
The clot was discovered during a regular follow-up exam, Reines
Doctors not involved in Clinton's care said blood thinners are
typically used to dissolve clots, and patients may need to be on
them for weeks or months.
Dr. David Langer is a brain surgeon and an associate professor
at Hofstra-North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, in
New York. He told the
Timesthat clots typically form in the leg or in a major vein
in the head. Quick treatment can break up the clot, but if left
untreated these obstructions can cause a brain hemorrhage, he
Clinton had been on a strenuous travel schedule in her role as
Secretary of State. According to
Bloomberg, information on the State Department's website
calculates that the Secretary of State has traveled 949,706 miles
and visited 112 countries over 401 days -- about 2,084 hours, or
nearly 87 days spent airborne.
But she has been seen less of in recent weeks. On Dec. 9, a day
before Clinton was to depart for a trip to North Africa, her staff
announced that she had caught a stomach virus and the trip was
cancelled. On Dec. 15, Reines issued a statement saying that,
"while suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became
dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion." On Dec. 18, State
Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Clinton was "on the
mend," and by Dec. 28 Nuland added that Clinton would be returning
to work the following week. But the discovery of the clot on Sunday
seems to be another health setback.
There's more on blood clots at the
U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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