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What Illness Does Nawaz Sharif Have?

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Doctors say that former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has been diagnosed with acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). The rapid drop in his blood platelet count is a result of ITP, which is an immune disorder.

A member of the medical board treating him said that Sharif should recover in a week’s time.

Characterized by a low level of platelets in the blood, which are required to help clot blood, ITP is a disorder which can lead to skin bruising as well as rashes on the skin – due to bleeding under the skin.

The former PM’s treatment has taken the form of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) – which is made possible by blood donations from various individuals. Having been admitted to the hospital on Monday night, the 21st of October 2019, he received transfusions to raise platelet levels. On Wednesday evening, however, his platelets plummeted once again. They reached a level of 7,000, which is considered to be life-threatening.

Doctors treating him have ruled out the possibility of him having aplastic anaemia, since his white blood cells and hemoglobin counts appear normal.

The PML-N chief’s younger brother Shehbaz Sharif filed a petition at the Islamabad High Court, which sought the provision of bail on medical grounds.


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