AIIMS: Infection in Amar Singh’s grafted kidney
Amar Singh, 55, has diarrhoea and urinary tract infection (UTI), which has pushed up his creatinine count that indicates impaired kidney function, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said. Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports.delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2011 02:49 IST
Amar Singh, 55, has diarrhoea and urinary tract infection (UTI), which has pushed up his creatinine count that indicates impaired kidney function, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said.
"The diarrhoea and presence of UTI indicates that there is a fair possibility of some kind of an infection in his grafted kidney, which can lead to kidney dysfunction. But he does not need dialysis," said the doctor from the department of nephrology at AIIMS, requesting anonymity.
Creatinine is a reliable indicator of a kidney function.
"Earlier reports show that since his transplant, he has maintained a baseline creatinine level of 0.8-1.0 mg/dL. But the report we got at the time of his admission showed a creatinine reading of 1.6 mg/dL, which is fairly high," said a doctor.
Singh was also severely dehydrated when he was brought to AIIMS from Tihar Jail at 8.30pm on Monday night. He was referred for admission by a panel of five doctors from GB Pant hospital and Lok Nayak.
"He was immediately put on intravenous fluids and give him antibiotics to treat his infection through the same channel," said another doctor from AIIMS.
"No visitors are allowed as he is unwell and, more importantly, he is in the custody of Tihar officials," said a doctor.
The former general secretary of Samajwadi Party was arrested on September 6 for his alleged role in 2008 cash-for-votes scam, and was to appear for his interim bail plea order on Tuesday.
Blood tests, ultrasound and x-have were done on Tuesday to assess his health. "We will be in a position to take a call on his discharge and feasibility to appear in court only tomorrow morning," said a doctor monitoring his condition.
Court asks for health report
A Delhi court on Tuesday asked Tihar Jail authorities to explain the urgency behind shifting Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh to an AIIMS private ward.
Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal also ordered the jail and AIIMS director to furnish a report on Singh’s medical condition by Wednesday afternoon.
Singh had been arrested on September 6 for his role in the cash-for-vote scam, and has since been in judicial custody. The jail authorities said they rushed Singh to AIIMS because his health had deteriorated on Monday evening.