Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been diagnosed with acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), an insusceptible issue that prompts a sudden and sharp drop in blood platelets, according to a medical board treating him said on October 24. He was rushed to the Services Hospital from the National Accountability Bureau's Lahore office late on Monday night after a huge drop in his platelet count.
Sharif received supplies of mega units of platelets at the hospital the next day. His condition deteriorated again on Wednesday evening after the platelet count fell sharply to a life-threatening level of 7,000. Dr. Mahmood Ayaz of Services Institute of Medical Sciences said that his condition is improving as his platelets count increased to 20,000 from 7,000. According to initial test reports, the three-time prime minister has been diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia.
The disease results in a breakdown of the blood cells and doctors at the hospital declared thrombocytopenia a curable disease. Ayaz said Nawaz Sharif has been put on IVIG adding that he would recover in a week's time. IVIG known as Intravenous immunoglobulin is a treatment that combines immunoglobulins donated by different people and is given by a drip.
The symptoms of these disorders are purple bruises as well as tiny reddish-purple dots that look like a rash. On the other hand, Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shehbaz Sharif filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court seeking bail for the former prime minister on medical grounds. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday expressed concern over Nawaz Sharif's deteriorating health. Khan said that apart from political differences, his sincerest prayers are with the PML-N pioneer and has guaranteed that the previous leader gets the most ideal healthcare and medicinal treatment.