Posted on January 1, 2013 · Posted in Brain Injury

There’s been quite a bit of speculation regarding the blood clot that was discovered near Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brain, a condition she remains hospitalized for at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is being treated with blood thinners to dissolve it.

The first statement put out by Clinton’s office about the blood clot said that it stemmed from the concussion she was diagnosed with following a fall she took early last month. I would submit that that’s not the case. A person doesn’t get a blood clot as the result of a concussion. A person would get a blood clot as the result of a more serious head injury. If so, the damage that Clinton suffered when she fell forward, hit her head and blacked out was much worse than a concussion.

Clinton’s office then put out a second statement offering more details about the kind of blood clot she has, which is an apparently rare type. The statement was from Dr. Lisa Bardack of Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of  George Washington University.

“In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed,” the statement said. “This is 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. 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 conclusion, the statement said, “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, her family, and her staff.”

Although the kind of blood clot Clinton has can be life-threatening, and could have given her a stroke, it appears that she will be out of danger once her treatment is finished.

Dr. Alan Boulos, head of neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center, told the New York Daily News that he suspected the Clinton probably had “a genetic predisposition” to such clots, and that this was exacerbated when she became dehydrated after a bout with the flu, when she was vomiting quite a bit. She fell while she had the flu.

There was also speculation in a story by USA Today that Clinton’s blood clot developed because she was bedridden when she had the ill.

And the former First Lady may have a predisposition to get blood clots, according to The New York Times, which noted that she had one in her leg in 1998.

I’ve already pointed out in an earlier blog that Clinton’s critics had been quick to accuse her of faking it when she cancelled a trip overseas and couldn’t testify before Congress because of her illness. I hope this recent turn of events truly puts that ridiculous notion to rest.

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