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Hillary Rodham Clinton in hospital with blood clot

By AP Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remained under observation Monday at a New York City hospital after being treated for a blood clot related to the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

Clinton's doctors discovered the clot Sunday while performing a follow-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elaborate on the location of the clot but said Clinton was being treated with anti-coagulants and would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor the medication.

"Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion," Reines said in a statement. "They will determine if any further action is required."

Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13, and Clinton was forced to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East that had been planned for the next week.

The former first lady and senator, who had planned to step down as America's top diplomat in January, is known for her grueling travel schedule. She is the most traveled secretary of state in history, having visited 112 countries while in the job.

The seriousness of a blood clot "depends on where it is," said Dr. Gholam Motamedi, a neurologist at Georgetown University Medical Center who was not involved in Clinton's care.

Clots in the legs are a common risk after someone has been bedridden, as Clinton may have been for a time after her concussion. Those are "no big deal" and are treated with six months of blood thinners to allow them to dissolve on their own and to prevent further clots from forming, he said.

A clot in a lung or the brain is more serious. Lung clots, called pulmonary embolisms, can be deadly, and a clot in the brain can cause a stroke, Motamedi said.

Keeping Clinton in the hospital for a couple of days could allow doctors to perform more tests to determine why the clot formed, and to rule out a heart problem or other condition that may have led to it, he said.

Dr. Larry Goldstein, a neurologist who is director of Duke University's stroke center, said blood can pool on the surface of the brain or in other areas of the brain after a concussion, but those would not be treated with blood thinners, as Clinton's aide described.

Clinton was forced to cancel Dec. 20 testimony before Congress about a scathing report into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The report found that serious failures of leadership and management in two State Department bureaus were to blame for insufficient security at the facility. Clinton took responsibility for the incident before the report was released, but she was not blamed.

Some conservative commentators had suggested Clinton was faking the seriousness of her illness and concussion to avoid testifying, although State Department officials vehemently denied that was the case.

Lawmakers at the hearings _ including Democratic Sen. John Kerry, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Clinton _ offered her their best wishes.

Last Thursday, before the discovery of the blood clot, Reines said Clinton was expected to return to work this week.

Clinton is considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, although she has not announced plans to run.


AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    December 31, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    i say prove it hillary.
    my wish for 2013 is that the clintons fade to black.
    in other words go the hell away!

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  2. JohnnyBeGoodComment by JohnnyBeGood
    December 31, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Just more clinton lies. That is their “specialty”

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  3. mysticComment by mystic
    December 31, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    The blip of a story I heard last night on the news was not as extensive as this article. In my best guess opinion, from being down this past week or so, she has formed a nice little clot in her calve…which is very common with someone her size and age who went from high activity to low activity in such a short period of time. PAD is a very treatable disease and wouldn’t stop anyone from speaking, remembering, or testifying. More than likely, Ms. Clinton has been a PAD candidate for quiet some time and more than likely is experiencing a recurring issue within these little blood clots in her legs.

    PAD is nothing to laugh at…and yes, in certain circumstances can be harmful, even fatal. However I highly doubt this is the case here…and her doctors are taking the worst case scenario in order to cover her behind so she doesn’t have to testify, go back to work or even see the President. She’s done…she’s skulking away with her tail tucked between her legs…hoping we will feel sorry for her. Not this time Billary…you and Bill have pulled the wool over American’s eyes for the last time. You both really screwed up this time with your slimy politicking and talking half outta your mouths for our taste.

    I never wish any person harm… I wouldn’t wish it on Hilary now… I do wish however, that she simply step away and leave the public view forever.


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    • truckmanComment by truckman
      January 3, 2013 @ 2:41 am

      I’ll bet she gets well in time to start her campaign for Pres. 2016. What will be interesting is how her house mouse Bill and the big O re-write history to make her a national hero.

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  4. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    December 31, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    If Hillary keeps up this charade to avoid testifying, John Kerry will be stoop-shouldered and senile before he ever gets interviewed for Secretary of State.

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