WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was released from a New York hospital Wednesday evening following treatment for a blood clot in her head.
Clinton’s doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital treated the clot — which they believe is linked to a concussion she suffered in December — with blood thinning medication.
Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said her doctors said she has been making steady progress and are confident she will make a full recovery, the Associated Press reported.
The clot was located outside of the brain, in a vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the 65-year-old Clinton’s right ear. The general term for the condition is called cerebral venous thrombosis. Clinton’s doctors reported that she did not experience any stroke or neurological injury from the clot, and they expect her to make a full recovery.
Clinton was admitted to the hospital late Sunday after doctors discovered the clot during a regular follow-up exam, Reines said.
She canceled most of her public events over the past few weeks because of the head injury.
Clinton’s spirits are high and she is progressing well, according to a statement from Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University, the AP reported.
Doctors not involved in Clinton’s care said blood thinners are typically used to dissolve clots, and patients may need to be on them for weeks or months.
Dr. David Langer is a brain surgeon and an associate professor at Hofstra-North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, in New York. He told The New York Times that clots typically form in the leg or in a major vein in the head. Quick treatment can break up the clot, but if left untreated these obstructions can cause a brain hemorrhage, he said.
Clinton had been on a strenuous travel schedule in her role as Secretary of State. According to Bloomberg News, information on the State Department’s website calculates that the Secretary of State has traveled 949,706 miles and visited 112 countries over 401 days — about 2,084 hours, or nearly 87 days spent airborne.
But she has been seen less in recent weeks. On Dec. 9, a day before Clinton was to depart for a trip to North Africa, her staff announced that she had caught a stomach virus and the trip was cancelled. On Dec. 15, Reines issued a statement saying that, “while suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion.” On Dec. 18, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Clinton was “on the mend,” and by Dec. 28 Nuland added that Clinton would be returning to work the following week. But the discovery of the clot on Sunday seems to be another health setback.
There’s more on blood clots at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.