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  •  Yeah, too much speculation (10+ / 0-)

    It could happen either way, but without knowing more I wouldn't want to guess.

    I can say that, in general, typically the mild form of this presents just with a new, fairly bad, and often constant, headache. There may be some blurry or double vision or odd pulsing sound in the ears. Usually there is some reason to be at risk for blood clots (head injury, head infection, smoking, birth control, pregnancy, cancer, certain medications, other diseases, etc.), but not always.

    The more severe form can have a whole variety of presentations from seizure (which can look similar to passing out and not necessarily involve whole-body shaking), intractable nausea and vomiting, blindness, depressed consciousness, to stroke symptoms like facial weakness and numbness or similar problems in limb or whole side of the body.

    •  Thank you. (7+ / 0-)

      Since my father had three major ischemic CVA's, I get concerned when I hear clot and brain in the same sentence. You have a very difficult job, and I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us.

    •  A routine test on a Sunday? (3+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, radarlady, WakeUpNeo

      I thought it was a little odd that they described the test through which they found this clot as "routine" when it was done on Sunday.
      Is this ordinarily the case, that neurologists are seeing patients on the Sunday before new years?  Or would there have likely been some symptoms first?

      Do not go gentle into that good night. Blog, blog against the dying of the light. CathiefromCanada

      by CathiefromCanada on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:42:01 PM PST

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      •  Sure (6+ / 0-)

        Again, I don't want to speculate on anything since I have no knowledge of her care.

        But imaging centers can certainly be open on the weekends, especially in New York City. And when you're Secretary of State, former NY Senator, and former First Lady, I would guess you can get a routine MRI whenever you want.

        Even if you're an "ordinary person," if your doctor strongly feels you need a imaging test and you agree then together you can find a way.

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