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Sharon back in operating room after CT scan

Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon was taken back to operating room due to renewed bleeding and a rise in blood pressure in his brain.

world Updated: Jan 06, 2006 17:51 IST

Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon was taken back to the operating room on Friday due to renewed bleeding and a rise in blood pressure in his brain, doctors confirmed.

The bleeding in an area of the brain, as well as a "slight broadening of the brain's chambers" and the rise in blood pressure were discovered during a computerised scan performed on Sharon's brain in the morning, Hadassa Ein Kerem Hospital Director Shlomo Mor-Yoseph said in a briefing to journalists.

"It has been decided to return the prime minister to the operating room ... in order to drain the blood and lower the blood pressure in the skull," he said.

Sharon underwent more than seven hours of surgery on Wednesday night to stem massive haemorrhaging in his brain. He was shifted to intensive care on Thursday morning and doctors said he would be kept under anaesthesia for at least 72 hours.

The brain haemorrhage came less than three weeks after he suffered a minor stroke, which doctors said caused no lasting damage. Medical experts say chances that Sharon will recover without severe and irreversible damage to his brain are extremely slim.

Sharon was rushed to a hospital in Jerusalem from his home in southern Israel after complaining on Wednesday that he was feeling unwell. He reached the hospital "dazed" and with high blood pressure.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 17:51 IST