On December 13th, Secretary Clinton sustained a concussion after fainting due to dehydration from a stomach virus. She has been recuperating at home since the fall.
On Sunday, Clinton's doctors were conducting a routine exam to monitor her recovery. During that exam, they located the blood clot.
released by her office stated:
"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. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours."
is a blow to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Although rare, blood clots can form on the brain after a concussion. The clots put pressure on the brain, which can lead to brain damage in some cases. If a piece of the blood clot breaks loose, it can block a blood vessel in the brain, causing an embolic stroke
Anticoagulants, which suppress blood coagulation, are commonly used to help prevent an existing blood clot from growing. According to Hematology.org
, clot busters are used to help dissolve blood clots. Other treatments for blood clots include Catheter-directed thrombolysis. This procedure involves inserting a catheter into an artery and directing it toward the blood clot. The catheter then delivers clot-dissolving medication directly into the blood clot.
Thrombectomy, which is the surgical removal of a clot, may be required in some cases.