US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital with a blood clot caused by a concussion she sustained earlier this month.
State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement, “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.”
Reines added that the secretary of state was being treated with anti-coagulants at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she is expected to remain for the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor her condition.
The spokesman, however, did not specify where the clot was discovered. “Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required,” he said.
After returning from Europe earlier this month, Clinton, 65, fell ill with a stomach virus which led to her fainting and sustaining the concussion.
Keeping Clinton in the hospital for a couple of days could allow doctors to perform more tests to determine why the clot formed, and to rule out a heart problem or other condition that may have led to it, he said.
Clinton was forced to cancel Dec. 20 testimony before Congress about a scathing report into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The report found that serious failures of leadership and management in two State Department bureaus were to blame for insufficient security at the facility. Clinton took responsibility for the incident before the report was released, but she was not blamed.
Hillary Clinton will step down from her post as the secretary of state before US President Barack Obama officially begins his second term in January.