By Sean Sullivan and Lenny Bernstein | Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Senators started returning to the Capitol on Monday with the Republican agenda in a state of flux after GOP leaders scrapped their plans to vote on a sweeping health-care overhaul this week.

At the center of the uncertainty is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is recovering at home from surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye that involved opening his skull.

Without McCain in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lacks the votes he needs to proceed with a bill to revamp major parts of the Affordable Care Act. So he has put it off until after McCain returns.

But when that would happen was not clear Monday afternoon. McCain, 80, is awaiting the results of tissue pathology reports “pending within the next several days,” the hospital treating him said in a statement over the weekend. A McCain spokeswoman had no further update on his condition Monday.

The most common causes of blood clots in the head, especially for older people, are falls, car crashes and other events that cause traumas, even minor ones, said Elliott Haut, a trauma surgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. By one estimate, 1.7 million people suffer traumatic head injuries each year, with motor vehicle accidents the leading cause and blood clots that affect the brain a common effect.

Traumas can cause blood to leak out of small vessels between the brain and a tough, fibrous layer known as the dura, causing “subdural hematomas” and others between the dura and the skull, known as “epidural hematomas.”

“People die of these every day,” Haut said in an interview, emphasizing that he could not speak about McCain’s health because he had no details of the case. Blood clots as small as a half-centimeter are worrisome, he …read more

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