Arafat’s doctors rule out leukaemia for time being
CLAMART: Doctors examining Palestinian President Yasser Arafat have ruled out the possibility for the time being that he has leukaemia, a Palestinian official told reporters on Saturday.
“The doctors exclude for the time being any possibility of leukaemia. There are other possibilities,” the Palestinian envoy to Paris, Leila Shahid, told reporters.
Arafat was set to undergo a battery of medical tests on Saturday as French doctors investigate whether the ailing Palestinian leader is suffering from leukaemia or some other blood disorder.
Palestinian officials said initial tests showed he was in a serious condition but there was no immediate risk of him dying.
Aides said the 75-year-old would undergo several days of tests into his abnormally low count of blood platelets, a condition that can be caused by leukaemia.
A senior Palestinian official said on Saturday morning that doctors — who have not yet spoken to the media — had carried out a body and brain scan that showed up nothing and that they would start a series of blood tests on Saturday. “It is still premature to draw any conclusions. The doctors say it is serious but they do not feel there is an imminent threat to his life,” the official said. “Arafat underwent a CT scan on his head and body, the doctors found them clean. agencies