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Hillary Clinton Has Blood Clot in Head, Full Recovery Expected
Date:1/1/2013

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 late Monday.

They say that Clinton did not experience any stroke or neurological injury from the clot, and she is expected to make a full recovery.

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 Times reported.

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 AP reported.

The clot was discovered during a regular follow-up exam, Reines said.

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 Times that clots typically form in the leg or in a major vein in the head. Quick treatment can break up
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