US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s doctors have announced that she has a blood clot between her skull and her brain, in a vein near her right ear.
The 65-year-old globe-trotting diplomat had a routine scan on Sunday at New York City’s New York Presbyterian Hospital, which showed "that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed," doctors explained in a statement issued on Monday.
Clinton has "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," Lisa Bardack, of Mount Kisco Medical Group, and Gigi El-Bayoumi, of George Washington University, said.
Doctors are treating her with blood thinners to dissolve the clot and predict a full recovery.
"In all other aspects of her recovery, the secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery,” the doctors added.
Clinton fell ill after suffering from dehydration on a European tour, and by the time she returned to the United States it had developed into a stomach virus.
Her stomach problems caused Clinton to faint at her Washington home in mid-December, and the impact with the floor gave her a concussion.
After Clinton made it clear that she wanted to step down, on December 21 US President Barack Obama announced that Senator John Kerry would be his nominee for the post of secretary of state.
Clinton will remain in office until the completion of the Senate confirmation process -- which is expected to approve Kerry’s accession to the post.