Clinton has blood clot close to her brain–doctors

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Hillary Rodham Clinton. AP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK – Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton is suffering from a rare blood clot in a vein in her head but should make a full recovery, doctors said Monday as she spent New Year’s Eve in hospital.

A routine follow-up scan on Sunday revealed “that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed,” doctors Lisa Bardack, of Mount Kisco Medical Group, and Gigi El-Bayoumi, of George Washington University, said.

They described it as “a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.”

But they were also quick to offer reassurances saying in their statement that “it did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage.”

Clinton was admitted to the New York Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday following the discovery and is being treated with blood thinners to dissolve the clot. 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,” they added.

The globe-trotting diplomat has not been seen in public after succumbing to a stomach virus on returning from a trip to Europe on December 7, which forced her to cancel a planned visit to North Africa.

It’s a rare absence for the most popular member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, who has been a highly-visible and loyal supporter of his foreign policy agenda, traveling almost a million miles in her four years in office.

A Gallup poll released Monday showed Clinton again topping an annual list of the woman most admired by Americans, winning support from 21 percent of those surveyed. It is the 17th time she has topped the list, a landmark for Gallup.

But Clinton, 65, has made it clear she intends to step down in the coming weeks, once Senator John Kerry, tapped by President Barack Obama to replace her, is confirmed by the Senate.

Clinton first fell ill with the bad stomach bug on her return from her trip, causing her to become dehydrated. She fainted and suffered a concussion.

Dr Neeraj Badjatia, chief of neurological critical care at the R. Adams Cowley Shock and Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, told AFP a clot in the head was “not common,” stressing however he was not involved in Clinton’s treatment.

While Clinton’s doctors have said she has not suffered any stroke or neurological damage, Badjatia said “because it is a type of blockage of a blood vessel in the brain, it is what we consider a type of stroke, and one of the rarest types of stroke we have.”

“It’s a very unusual form, and… it’s an unusual complication of a mild head injury,” he explained, adding it was hard to estimate the incidence of such clots as “it’s found when you are looking for it … many times it’s diagnosed by happenstance.”

Badjatia highlighted that there is also “significant monitoring” by doctors of patients prescribed anti-coagulants, and the secretary may need to be on the drugs for at least three months.

It is not the first health scare for Clinton, who suffered a blood clot in her leg in 1998 when she was first lady.

Though once seen as a deeply divisive figure, she now has approval ratings above 60 percent.

And many believe she will run again for the White House in 2016, despite being narrowly defeated by Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

It is possible however that her health could become an issue in any White House bid, as she would mark her 70th birthday in her first year in office.

Clinton’s lengthy absence from public life had sparked claims from some of her fiercest critics that she was faking illness to avoid testifying before lawmakers investigating a deadly attack on a US mission in Libya.

The September 11 assault on the US mission in eastern Benghazi, in which the US ambassador and three other American officials were killed, sparked a political firestorm in the United States.

A subsequent State Department inquiry found security at the compound was “grossly inadequate.”

A separate report released Monday by the Senate homeland security committee slammed the State Department for making a “grievous mistake” in refusing to shut the mission down.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Whether she fully recovers or not, serious or not, it would be an issue if she runs for presidency in 2016.  Her opponents would question her health and her mental condition.

    • TheThinkker

      You got nothing to worry Noel coz she declared in her Manila visit that she is stepping down to be a grandma…very soon. People before making statements about events or people should read more of the background or precipitating events…so they can make intelligent comments; and encouraging ones.

  • johnlagrimas

    …pagbabayaran mo rin lahat.

     

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Sino at bakit?  May ginawang kasalanan ba si Clinton?

      • TheThinkker

        Hillary never was indicted nor accused of any infraction. She was the woman behind the man and the family.

    • TheThinkker

      She’s a great woman and lady. You should read her story instead of making nasty, sweeping statements like a typical indolent pinoy.

  • riza888

    It could be a cover-up for her not to testify in the Benghazi attack.

    • dodong1

      typical Pinoy mentality….

      • riza888

        How about drinking a nice big glass of Hypocrite-Aid…
        So power hungry that she stayed in a sham marriage & endured emotional abuse, embarrassment, ridicule, disrespect, and dehumanization – all so she could further her political career…
        What a GREAT role model for young women – keep getting abused so you can get a better job…

      • TheThinkker

        You are so negative that you reflect many pinoys’ bad attitude. You should be more forgiving and compassionate. Are you not loved in your own home?

      • riza888

        Where was the concern for the Embasy team? Sorry about her troubles, but they are dead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    Sec. Hillary Clinton is a great public servant who served her country with zeal and vigor. I hope and pray she will fully recover. Godspeed!

    • riza888

      Full recovery. Words the GOP does not want to hear.

  • freedom of navigation

    I hope you feel better soon, Sec. Clinton.

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