Former PM Nawaz Sharif disease finally diagnosed in latest medical tests

Former PM Nawaz Sharif disease finally diagnosed in latest medical tests

ISLAMABAD - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disease has been finally diagnosed in latest medical tests.

Incarcerated former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif has been diagnosed with acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), an immune disorder that leads to an abrupt and sharp drop in blood platelets, according to a medical board treating him said on Thursday.

A doctor said the treatment has been started after the diagnosis was confirmed, adding that the ailment was treatable in Pakistan and intravenous treatment has commenced started.

"He does not have aplastic anaemia and his haemoglobin and WBC count are normal. Platelets are low though," the doctor said and added Sharif s bonemarrow was also functioning normally and is making blood as it should in addition to a normal level of reticulocytes.

The PML-N supremo was rushed to the Services Hospital from the National Accountability Bureau s Lahore office on Monday night after a massive drop in his platelet count.

Nawaz Sharif received transfusions of mega units of platelets at the hospital the next day. However, his condition deteriorated again on Wednesday evening after the platelet count fell sharply to a life-threatening level of 7,000. ------------------------------

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is an immune disorder in which the blood doesn’t clot normally. This condition is now more commonly referred to as immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).