Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, has been hospitalized since Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, because of a blood clot that was discovered during a routine exam with her doctor. On Monday, doctors reported that the blood clot is "between her brain and her skull behind her right ear." The exam where the clot was found was associated to the concussion she experienced this month according to Clinton's spokesman.
In a statement from her doctors:
"In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the Secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established. In all other aspects of her recovery, the Secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff."
- Dr. Lisa Bardack, Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, George Washington University
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered from the concussion after fainting because of dehydration from experiencing a stomach virus. Clinton, 65, was likely to remain at the New York Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours for observation and to be treated with anticoagulants which are medicines that stop clots from forming or stop them from getting bigger.
The Secretary of State's doctors stated that the clot they found on Sunday "did not result in a stroke or neurological damage" and that they "are confident she will make a full recovery." Blood clots usually develop in the veins of the leg and symptoms are missed easily. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the medical term used to describe blood clots. It is predicted that 2 million American develop blood clots every year.
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