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Clinton’s Blood Clot Is Between Brain and Skull, Doctor Says

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was found to have a blood clot in a vein that runs between her brain and her skull, doctors said today in a statement.

Clinton has suffered no neurological damage or stroke, is in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery, Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El- Bayoumi of George Washington University said in the statement released by the State Department.

“In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed,” the doctors said, describing that as a clot in a vein found in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.

Clinton’s hospitalization in New York City yesterday fueled rumors about her health, highlighting the issues raised by a public figure’s private health challenges. The secretary, named yesterday as the most admired woman in the U.S. in a poll by Gallup Inc., has been called a potential 2016 presidential candidate, heightening scrutiny of her condition.

Her Washington-based doctors said in the statement that they are working to dissolve the clot with blood thinners and Clinton will be released from New York-Presbyterian Hospital once the proper medication dose has been established.

“In all other aspects of her recovery, the secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery,” Bardack and El-Bayoumi said. “She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff.”

Stomach Virus

Clinton, 65, has been in the hospital for 48-hour observation of the blood clot, which officials said stemmed from a concussion she suffered while sick with the stomach virus.

The former U.S. senator and first lady who is one of the world’s best-known figures, hasn’t been seen in public for more than three weeks as her aides have disclosed scant details about her illness. They said first that she had come down with a virus and then that she had fallen and suffered a concussion.

News organizations were left to theorize on air and in print, and blogs filled the online vacuum with conjecture. As with chief executive officers such as the late Apple Inc. co- founder Steven Jobs, speculation about the health of a public figure has cascading implications for employees, stakeholders and the public.

Global Impact

President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts to succeed Clinton, who had already planned to step down as secretary of state within weeks. Still, her impact is global.

“Her situation has remarkable, complex implications for politics and business around the world, and the process of government in the United States,” said Scott Sobel, president of Media & Communications Strategies based in Washington. “Her immediate and long-term condition is really important for a number of stakeholders, even -- and it’s a very, very long list -- of other countries.”

An administration official who has been monitoring Clinton’s progress said that at no point has she been incapacitated. The period when Clinton was least able to work, was when she had the stomach virus, according to the official, who asked not to be identified discussing her health.

Throughout, Clinton been keeping in regular touch with senior leadership at the State Department and the White House, according to the department.

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