Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has a blood clot situated between her brain and her skull behind the right ear.
Clinton, 65, was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital yesterday for treatment for the condition, but the State Department did not indicate where the clot was located. Clinton was treated for a blood clot in her right leg in 1998. Reuters reports that Secy. Clinton has not made a public appearance since December 7.
According to doctors, AFP reports, the clot is located “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.” The medical term is a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis.
Doctors say they found the clot during a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday after her recent concussion that was reportedly diagnosed on December 13. She is being treated with blood-thinning, anti-coagulant medication to dissolve the clot in her brain and is said to be in good spirits. Doctors say they will discharge the secretary from the hospital “once the medication dose has been established.” The medical team asserted that they expect Clinton “will make a full recovery.”
Dr. Larry Goldstein of Duke University’s stroke center told AP that the area where the clot developed is “a drainage channel, the equivalent of a big vein inside the skull — it’s how the blood gets back to the heart.”
Clinton is stepping down from her government position, presumably sometime in January, once Secretary of State-designate John Kerry is confirmed by the Senate.
BREAKING – Sec Clinton blood clot “in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull”
— Vaughn Sterling CNN (@vplus) December 31, 2012
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