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Hillary's 'clot' is subdural hematoma
2013-01-02
Followup, though the URL is the same as yesterday's story. I really dislike how the NYT does that.
WASHINGTON -- Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday said that she suffered a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull behind her right ear but predicted that she would make a full recovery.

Mrs. Clinton was hospitalized on Sunday with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month, a State Department spokesman said.

Her doctors said in a statement on Monday that the clot did not result in a stroke or neurological damage and that she was being treated with blood thinners. In a statement, Drs. Lisa Bardack and Gigi El-Bayoumi, who are treating Mrs. Clinton, said: "She will be released once the 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. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff."
I don't like treating a subdural with anticoagulants. Too much can go wrong.
Mrs. Clinton, who had canceled most of her public events in recent weeks because of the injury, was at a follow-up examination on Sunday when doctors discovered the blood clot, according to Philippe Reines, her longtime spokesman.

Aides said that Mrs. Clinton, 65, had become dehydrated this month because of a stomach virus she contracted during a trip to Europe. She fainted and struck her head, causing the concussion. State Department officials had said that Mrs. Clinton fainted when she was at home alone in Washington but added that the concussion was not diagnosed immediately.

She canceled a planned trip to Morocco, and Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, gave a mixed picture about the severity of her illness, describing her as having a "very uncomfortable stomach virus" and then saying she was "under the weather."
Concussion symptoms and subdural symptoms are often the same/similar, and distinguishing between the two isn't easy. With the history of the fall, however, you'd thought she would have had either an infused CT or an MRI immediately, and a 2nd scan 48 hours later.
An expert not involved in Mrs. Clinton's care said that clots are most common in the leg
That would be a deep vein thrombosis.
or in a large vein in the head.
That would be a cavernous sinus thrombosis; those are downright dangerous.
Dr. David Langer, a brain surgeon and associate professor at Hofstra-North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, said that prompt treatment usually dissolves the clots, but that untreated clots in the head can become more worrisome and even lead to a hemorrhage inside the brain. Blood-thinning drugs can dissolve the clots, he said, and patients may need to stay on them for weeks or months to make sure the problem does not recur.
The alternative is surgery to remove the clot: that can be a real problem, of course, but long-term anticoagulation for a subdural also has real risks.
Let us hope she heals well and quickly, so that she can enjoy her retirement.
Posted by:Steve White

#15  I don't like treating a subdural with anticoagulants. Too much can go wrong.

We can Hope something "Goes Wrong" And then we won't have "Bullary" to worry about.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-01-02 22:08  

#14  "Secretary Clinton has been released from the hospital"

Saw that on the local evening news. Guess which Clinton's picture they showed leaving the hospital?
Posted by: Barbara   2013-01-02 20:16  

#13  It was unclear where she was going or whether she was discharged from the hospital, where she was admitted for treatment of a blood clot.

Probably somewhere in Antarctica, where it would be too much of a hardship for her to testify before Congress.
Posted by: tfsm sorta on the road   2013-01-02 19:04  

#12  Secretary Clinton has been released frommthe hospital, according to Rooters:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was driven away from New York-Presbyterian hospital on Wednesday with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chelsea, and an aide, a Reuters photographer witnessed. The four of them left the building and entered the same vehicle, which drove away.

It was unclear where she was going or whether she was discharged from the hospital, where she was admitted for treatment of a blood clot.
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-01-02 19:00  

#11  Anything more in the world news about the C-12 crash

Last report that came out was that a "repaired C12" had left Iran last week.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-01-02 17:08  

#10  
Posted by: Hellfish   2013-01-02 12:18  

#9  Isn't beer a nice mild anticoagulant?
Posted by: lord garth   2013-01-02 10:29  

#8  Just throwing this out here: If she was put down and the Seal Commander killed defending her, will she blow the lid off when she's better? It would sky-rocket her popularity and absolutely sink Obama's, sweet revenge. That's assuming they're connected, which I think they aren't. It's fun playing the "what if" game though.
Posted by: Charles   2013-01-02 10:25  

#7  Doc, would anticoagulants be the speedy (if semi-risky) way to handle this? I thinking the Clinton machine doesn't want this hospital stay dragging out.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-01-02 09:54  

#6  I don't like treating a subdural with anticoagulants. Too much can go wrong.

But the alternatives - do nothing or surgery - also have too much that can go wrong.
Posted by: Glenmore   2013-01-02 08:19  

#5  Ron Paul Forums has a good foto of a C-12. At this point all reporting appears to originate from the alleged GRU and initial Russian news piece. The whackjobs and conspiracy crowd are certainly running with it however.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-02 02:39  

#4  Nothing so far Skid, the Fiscal Cliff drama has consumed everything. I'm curious what the next made for teevee crisis will be.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-02 01:47  

#3  Anything more in the world news about the C-12 crash B?
Posted by: Skidmark   2013-01-02 01:34  

#2  Sitting on the right side of the aircraft possibly ?
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-02 01:12  

#1  Maybe she's been eating too much of Champ's arugula...loads of Vit. K to speed up clotting time
Posted by: Warthog   2013-01-02 00:46  

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