Hillary Clinton's Blood Clot Is Between Brain and Skull

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Dec. 31 2012 5:10 PM

Hillary Clinton's Blood Clot Is Between Brain and Skull

Hillary Clinton gives a press conference in Brussels on Dec. 5, shortly before coming down with a stomach virus that has apparently led to a run of health problems.
Hillary Clinton gives a press conference in Brussels on Dec. 5, shortly before coming down with a stomach virus that has apparently led to a run of health problems.

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UPDATE: Now can we all agree she wasn't faking it? Hillary Clinton's doctors on Monday released a brief statement describing the secretary of state's blood clot. Here's the full text, via CNN:

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"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. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. 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. 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."
- Dr. Lisa Bardack, Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, George Washington University
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Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Lieberman has echoed John Kerry and others in asserting that Clinton will testify on the Benghazi attacks once she's better, Talking Points Memo reports. John Bolton, Allen West, and other conservatives have insinuated in recent weeks that Clinton faked her ailments to avoid exactly that.

Monday, Dec. 31, 9:21 a.m.: Hillary Clinton’s run of ill health continued on Sunday as she was hospitalized with a blood clot discovered in a follow-up exam related to the concussion she suffered earlier this month. The concussion came after she fainted from dehydration while battling a stomach virus.

Doctors at New York Presbyterian Hospital had the secretary of state on blood-thinning medications Monday. She was expected to stay through Tuesday so they could monitor her condition, according to a statement from aide Philippe Reines.

Clinton has not been seen in public since early December, the Washington Post notes. She has canceled an overseas trip, missed her scheduled testimony on the Benghazi attack, and was not in attendance on Dec. 21 when President Obama nominated John Kerry to succeed her as secretary of state. It's not yet clear how the blood clot will affect Kerry's confirmation, which some Republicans have vowed to block until Clinton testifies on Benghazi.

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