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No change in Israeli PM Sharon's condition

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since suffering a massive stroke on Jan 4, underwent a CT scan.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 10:58 IST

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since suffering a massive stroke on January 4, underwent a CT scan, according to the hospital where he is being treated.

The statement from Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital said on Thursday there was no change in Sharon's condition, described as serious and stable. The statement called the CT scan "routine."

The statement was the first since Sharon underwent a gastrostomy to implant feeding tube in his stomach on February 1, an indication that his doctors are thinking in terms of long-term care for the 77-year-old Sharon.

The CT scans have been used to assess bleeding and swelling in Sharon's brain.

According to past hospital statements, there have been no changes in the results of the scan in recent weeks, but Sharon has failed to regain consciousness.

Sharon suffered a stroke with what was described as "significant" bleeding in his brain on January 4, a day before he was to check into Hadassah Hospital for a procedure to correct a tiny defect in his heart that was said to have contributed to a mild stroke he suffered two weeks earlier.

Doctors have come under fire from critics who questioned whether Sharon should have been treated with massive doses of anticoagulants after his first stroke, which was caused by a small blood clot in a cranial artery.

Doctors admitted that the anticoagulants made it more difficult for them to stop the bleeding from the later hemorrhagic stroke.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 08:34 IST