United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sustained a life-threatening blood clot between her brain and skull, but recent statements from her doctors revealed that she was making excellent progress.
Clinton, who was admitted to the New York Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after being diagnose with a blood clot following a concussion, did not sustain any neurological damage and her doctors are confident that the Secretary of State will make a full recovery soon.
When he was admitted on Sunday after a concussion-related follow-up checkup, doctors did not give specific details about Clinton’s condition. But on Monday, Dr. Lisa Bardack and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi released a statement that informed the public about the exact location of the clot. The doctors also said that Clinton’s medical team is currently on the process of dissolving the clot using blood thinners.
Bardack and El-Bayoumi’s statement read: “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.”
“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.”
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries medical director Dr. Brian Greenwald said that Clinton was lucky because the blood clot could have led to more serious complications such as stroke or hemorrhage if it was not discovered early.
Greenwald said: “She is lucky being Hillary Clinton and had a follow-up MRI — lucky that her team thought to do it. It could have potentially serious complications. You get a big back up and that itself could cause a stroke. In the long-term, the venous system can’t get the blood out of the brain.”
Clinton, who suffered concussion following an incident caused by a stomach virus, is set to leave her post soon and could be replaced by former US presidential candidate John F. Kerry.
[Source: ABC News]