Nawaz diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia; treatable: medical report

LAHORE: According to Doctor Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) Principal Dr Mahmood Ayyaz, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s condition is improving as his platelets count increased to 20,000 from 7,000 on Thursday. 

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Dr Ayyaz added that the bone marrow of the patient is “completely functional”.

The hospital administration confirmed today that according to initial test reports, Nawaz Sharif was diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia. According to the doctors, the disease causes the breakdown of blood cells. The doctors at the hospital declared thrombocytopenia a treatable disease.

Earlier in the day, Dr Ayyaz had said that the patient would be taken to Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) and Research Centre for a PET (positron emission tomography) scan. The scan is an imaging test that helps reveal how one’s tissues and organs are functioning.

According to the medical tests carried out on Tuesday, the platelet count of the former premier “dropped from 16,000 to a critical level of 2,000” when he was brought to hospital late on Monday night, prompting the medical board members to go for “immediate transfusion of the platelets to save his life”, said one of the board members.

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