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August 19, 2000
Kumaramangalam suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia
Union Power Minister P R Kumaramangalam, whose condition continues to deteriorate, has been diagnosed to be suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia, a kind of blood cancer, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences said on Saturday night.
The 48-year-old minister, who was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit on Tuesday, remains critical with circulatory instability, disseminated intravascular coagulation and renal shutdown, AIIMS medical superintendent R K Sharma said.
"He has been diagnosed to be suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia with fulminary sepsis,'' Dr Sharma said. This was the first time that a diagnosis on Kumaramangalam's illness was made known.
His leucocyte count, the blood cells that fight infection, had dropped drastically to a low of 400 compared to 5000 to 10000 in a healthy person.
For the fifth day, Kumaramangalam continued to be on artificial ventilator and circulatory support and dialysis. His condition was reviewed, on Saturday, by a team of specialists comprising Prof J N Pande, Prof S C Manchanda, Prof Chandralekha, Prof K K Talwar and Dr R Guleria.
The condition of the minister, who had been suffering from undiagnosed fever for more than three months, worsened on Friday evening.
Kumaramangalam was found to be suffering from multiple organ failure and severe septicaemia, on Tuesday, when he was admitted to AIIMS. He was revived after two cardiac arrests the following day.
He has been on life support systems after losing consciousness. A string of tests were carried out, including the bone marrow test, before the doctors could diagnose the exact nature of his illness.
Kumaramangalam had earlier been discharged from Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in April after which he had gone back to his normal routine.
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