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Hillary Clinton hospitalized after doctors discover blood clot

By Matthew Lee

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:26 a.m. HST, Dec 31, 2012

WASHINGTON >> Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

Clinton's doctors discovered the clot Sunday while performing a follow-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elaborate on the location of the clot but said Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants and would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor the medication.

"Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion," Reines said in a statement. "They will determine if any further action is required."

Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13 and Clinton was forced to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East that had been planned for the next week.

The seriousness of a blood clot "depends on where it is," said Dr. Gholam Motamedi, a neurologist at Georgetown University Medical Center who was not involved in Clinton's care.

Clots in the legs are a common risk after someone has been bedridden, as Clinton may have been for a time after her concussion. Those are "no big deal" and are treated with six months of blood thinners to allow them to dissolve on their own and to prevent further clots from forming, he said.

A clot in a lung or the brain is more serious. Lung clots, called pulmonary embolisms, can be deadly, and a clot in the brain can cause a stroke, Motamedi said.

Keeping Clinton in the hospital for a couple of days could allow doctors to perform more tests to determine why the clot formed, and to rule out a heart problem or other condition that may have led to it, he said.

Dr. Larry Goldstein, a neurologist who is director of Duke University's stroke center, said blood can pool on the surface of the brain or in other areas of the brain after a concussion, but those would not be treated with blood thinners, as Clinton's aide described.

Clinton was forced to cancel Dec. 20 testimony before Congress about a scathing report into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The report found that serious failures of leadership and management in two State Department bureaus were to blame for insufficient security at the facility. Clinton took responsibility for the incident before the report was released, but she was not blamed.

Some conservative commentators suggested Clinton was faking the seriousness of her illness and concussion to avoid testifying, although State Department officials vehemently denied that was the case.

Lawmakers at the hearings — including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Clinton — offered her their best wishes.

Last Thursday, before the discovery of the blood clot, Reines said Clinton was expected to return to work this week.

The former first lady and senator, who had always planned to step down as America's top diplomat in January, is known for her grueling travel schedule. She is the most traveled secretary of state in history, having visited 112 countries while in the job.

Clinton is considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, although she has not announced plans to run.


AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

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Iuki wrote:
Please get well, Hillary. You need to rest and, hopefully, to have at least one grandchild in your life, before you got back to work.
on December 30,2012 | 04:21PM
Kaluu wrote:
So tired of cynical talk-show hosts blabbing accusations without support in fact, such as reason for Mrs. Clinton's cancellation. (We'll see if this version without the j word gets by the censors.)
on December 30,2012 | 04:39PM
peanutgallery wrote:
What a crock. She fell months ago. She has the best health care on the planet. This blood clot story is absurd. In the entire time Clinton has been Secretary of State, she hasn't given one meaningful address. Of course she's a Democrat, and as a result, unable to comment without pre-approval, but we lost four people in Benghazi, and she hasn't spoken one word. Pathetic, from a pathetic administration.
on December 30,2012 | 04:47PM
bsdetection wrote:
Embassy attacks under Bush II: June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51. February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Truck bomb kills 17. February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards. July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan Suicide bomber kills two. December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded. March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants. September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded. January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured. July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed. March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls' school instead. September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.
on December 31,2012 | 02:12AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Bush is not the P0THUS now or in the future.
on December 31,2012 | 09:13AM
stingray65 wrote:
bsdetection: what is your point? In that Region, we have a QRF (quick Response Force Team) Why is it that they were not activated? They could be there in couple of hours to save those lives. Those are the team that can fight to save lives in other words, they are the combination of Delta and Seal Team.
on December 31,2012 | 09:25AM
bsdetection wrote:
The point is that this is a bogus conspiracy theory ginned up by Fox News, which had nothing to say after any of the embassy attacks under Bush. And don't forget the conservative god, Reagan's response to the terrorist bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon - Cut And Run!
on December 31,2012 | 09:44AM
peanutgallery wrote:
You must have run out back, and stuck you head in the sand. Your version of events are just that: Youir's
on December 31,2012 | 10:40AM
peanutgallery wrote:
You.'ve swallowed so much Kool-Aid, you completely missed the point
on December 31,2012 | 10:38AM
aolani wrote:
I hope she heals fast....
on December 30,2012 | 04:55PM
64hoo wrote:
come on sa let people know whats going on about the video i am only responding to the comment that peanurgallery ask about bengazi.
on December 30,2012 | 06:30PM
manakuke wrote:
Not so simple. The blood clot can lodge in a vital brain center leading to either death or permanent injury. Drugs to dispel the clot can also induce uncontrollable bleeding. The lady in care of health professionals. Outcome unknown.
on December 30,2012 | 07:31PM
peanutgallery wrote:
They would have never put her on blood thinners. A second year med student would know that.
on December 31,2012 | 10:42AM
bsdetection wrote:
"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," Clinton's doctors, Drs. Lisa Bardack and Gigi El-Bayoumi said in the statement. "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," the doctors said. "In all other aspects of her recovery, the Secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery."
on December 31,2012 | 11:33AM
MichaelG wrote:
Wishing you a speedy recovery. You have need one of the best Secretary of State!
on December 31,2012 | 04:41AM
peanutgallery wrote:
They never would have administered blood thinners for a clot in her brain. Never.
on December 31,2012 | 10:43AM
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