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Hillary will recover fully from blood clot: Doctors

world Updated: Jan 02, 2013 01:41 IST

Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton was in a New York hospital Tuesday because of a potentially dangerous blood clot near her brain, but doctors said she should make a full recovery.

Clinton, still in hospital early on New Year’s Day, was admitted to the New York Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday following the discovery, and is being treated with blood thinners to dissolve the clot.

Doctors said she will be released once the medication dose has been established.

A routine scan revealed “that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed,” doctors Lisa Bardack, of Mount Kisco Medical Group and Gigi El-Bayoumi, of George Washington University, said.

They described it as “a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.”

But they were also quick to offer reassurances saying in their statement that “it did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage.”

They added: “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 and family.”

Dr Neeraj Badjatia, chief of neurological critical care at the R Adams Cowley Shock and Trauma Centre at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said a clot in the head was “not common”.

The globe-trotting diplomat has not been seen in public since succumbing to a stomach virus on returning from a trip to Europe on December 7, which forced her to cancel a planned visit to North Africa.

It’s a rare absence for the most popular member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, who has been a highly visible and loyal supporter of his foreign policy agenda.