*KARACHI - Former President Pervaiz Musharraf is suffering from rare disease, details have been revealed by his doctors in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.*
He is suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by a build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues throughout the body.
According to the 78-year old former military ruler’s family, doctors diagnosed him with the condition six months ago at a hospital in Dubai.
The treatment of amyloidosis is not possible in Pakistan and that is why he is staying in Dubai, the family maintained.
Amyloidosis is a serious health problem that can lead to life-threatening organ failure.
Amyloidosis can affect different organs in different people, and there are different types of amyloid. Amyloidosis frequently affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and digestive tract.
In a human body, plasma cells stored in bones perform the important function of making antibodies. However, a patient suffering from amyloidosis starts releasing protein from his plasma cells because of which antibodies called amyloid become dysfunctional and dangerous.