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Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

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In this June 12, 2012, file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington.

Updated Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 | 5:58 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

Clinton's doctors discovered the clot Sunday while performing a follow-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elaborate on the location of the clot but said Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants and would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor the medication.

"Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion," Reines said in a statement. "They will determine if any further action is required."

Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13 and Clinton was forced to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East that had been planned for the next week.

Clinton was also 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.

Some conservative commentators suggested Clinton was faking the seriousness of her illness and concussion to avoid testifying, although State Department officials vehemently denied that was the case.

Lawmakers at the hearings — including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Clinton — offered her their best wishes.

The former first lady and senator, who had always planned to step down as America's top diplomat in January, is known for her grueling travel schedule. She is the most traveled secretary of state in history, having visited 112 countries while in the job.

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  1. I have a friend who had an accident and rolled her car while driving back to Chicago on the interstate. She hit her head on the dashboard. In the country bumpkin hospital the ambulance took her, they gave her a CT scan and said she was fine and released her the next day. Six months later she was at work and the right side of her face started to get numb. She went to the ER where they told her to take aspirin. Still, the next day, her right arm started to get numb. Again to the ER where THIS time they decided to do a CT scan. She had an anuerysm (sp?) and immediately prepped her for brain surgery. Doctors did say that it was probably caused from the accident 6 months earlier. There was bleeding in her brain from the accident but was way too small to be seen by the original CT scan. She does have some very minor lasting effects from the brain bleed but it's not too noticeable by most people.

    That's the scary part of hitting your head. A scan may not show anything right away, but a few months down or sometimes sooner as in Clinton's case, the problems surface.