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Doctors say Clinton will make 'full recovery'

US secretary of state has blood clot in vein between her brain and skull but it did not result in stroke, doctors say.
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2012 22:08
Clinton has flown almost a million miles since taking office four years ago and visited 112 countries [Reuters]

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has a blood clot in a vein between her brain and her skull, her doctors have said, predicting however she should make a full recovery.

A scan on Sunday had revealed "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", the doctors said in a statement on Monday.

But, they added, Clinton "is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery".

Clinton was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month.

"In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago," spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement earlier in the day.

"She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours."

Clinton, 65, has been off work since her return from her last foreign trip on December 7, although her staff has said she has been working from home.

Her lengthy absence from public life had sparked claims from some of her fiercer critics that she is trying to avoid testifying in a congressional investigation into a deadly attack on a US mission in Libya.

Severely dehydrated

Earlier this month, the State Department said Clinton had contracted a bad stomach virus during her five-day stay in Europe. She had to cancel a planned trip to North Africa and Abu Dhabi due to the illness.

A week later, Clinton's doctors said she had become severely dehydrated due to the effects of the stomach bug and had fainted, suffering a concussion.

They recommended she rest at home and avoid - through mid-January - the high-intensity travel she had been accustomed to taking as secretary of state.

Clinton has flown almost a million miles since taking office four years ago, visited 112 countries and spent some 400 days in a plane.

Her health kept her from testifying on December 20 to US lawmakers about the attack on the US diplomatic post in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on September 11.

The assault, in which the US ambassador and three other American officials were killed, sparked a political firestorm in the United States, and Republicans criticized Clinton's absence from the hearings, calling on her to testify in January.

Clinton, who is due to step down from her post in early 2013, also stayed away from the White House last week when President Barack Obama nominated her replacement, veteran Senator John Kerry.

She issued a statement paying tribute to her successor.

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