UPDATE: Doctors say blood clot located in Clinton's head
National | Leigh Jones
UPDATE: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton developed a blood clot in her head but did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage and should make a full recovery, her doctors said Monday.
In a statement, Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said the clot is in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. She is being treated with blood thinners to help dissolve the clot, the doctors said, and will be released once the medication dose has been established.
The doctors added that Clinton, 65, is making excellent progress and is in good spirits.
EARLIER REPORT: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday in New York after doctors discovered a blood clot that formed following her recent fall and concussion.
Clinton, 65, fainted earlier this month at home after a bout with a stomach virus left her dehydrated. A State Department spokesman announced her hospitalization but declined to give further details.
“Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion," Philippe Reines said in a statement. "They will determine if any further action is required."
Blood clots are fairly common and usually respond well to treatment with anti-coagulant drugs. But they can be serious if they are located in the brain or reach the heart or lungs. Blood clots in the brain can lead to a stroke.
Doctors expect her to remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital until at least Tuesday so they can monitor her medication.
Clinton’s initial illness and subsequent fall forced her to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East earlier this month. She also canceled a planned appearance before the congressional committees discussing the security lapses that contributed to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Before being admitted to the hospital, Clinton expected to return to work this week. She will step down from her post in the Obama administration at the end of the president’s first term in January. President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as her successor.
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