Hillary Clinton’s blood clot, the result of a concussion two weeks ago, has many fans of the pioneering female politician worried — but the complication is, sources say, “treatable.”
Hillary Clinton’s blood clot was disclosed after an MRI revealed the complication, and the clot was discovered “in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.”
Doctors added that the clot “did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage,” and that medically, it is called a “right transverse sinus venous thrombosis.”
Blood clots are often a very serious complication, and Hillary Clinton’s supporters and fans were troubled by news the politician and former First Lady had developed one after her concussion. But USAToday quotes one of Clinton’s physicians, who explains that while clots can be dangerous, Mrs. Clinton is expected to make a full recovery:
“Clinton ‘is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery,’ the doctors said in the statement. ‘She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff.'”
San Francisco neurosurgery expert Geoffrey Manley commented to the paper on the prognosis for cases like Clinton’s, although he is not personally treating her:
“With blood thinners, most of these patients do very well … I wouldn’t anticipate any long-term complications.”
Manley added that complications like Hillary Clinton’s blood clot in a post-head injury situation are a very understudied area of medicine, and through the course of his career, little progress has been made in informing patients and doctors about the risk of a blood clot after head trauma.