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Hillary Clinton Has Blood Clot Between Brain And Skull, Doctors Say

A dangerous moment for the Secretary of State. Confidence in a "full recovery."

Posted on December 31, 2012, at 4:58 p.m. ET

Susan Walsh, Pool, File

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hospitalized in New York, her doctors said Monday that they are treating a blood clot behind her right ear.

Clinton, the doctors said, is "making excellent progress." Their statement, and a shorter one from the State Department, came after the Associated Press raised questions about the secrecy surrounding Clinton's condition.

The statement from doctors Lisa Bardack and Gigi El-Bayoumi:

In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the Secretary with blood thinners. 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."