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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hospitalized for blood clot

By April MacIntyre Dec 31, 2012, 8:56 GMT

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hospitalized for blood clot

A handout picture provided by Prime Minister Press Office shows US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) EPA/YASIN BULBUL

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to a concussion she suffered this month, according to her spokeman.

CNN reports the former first lady is expected to remain at New York Presbyterian Hospital for the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor her condition and treat her with anti-coagulants.

Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of state told CNN: "Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required."

Clinton, 65, fainted due to dehydration, causing the concussion earlier this month.

Her illness forced her to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were murdered.

Clinton plans to step down from the post when Sen. John Kerry, tapped by President Barack Obama, is confirmed by the Senate.


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