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RIP Pranab Mukherjee: What was the cause of his death? Details here

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New Delhi, Aug 31: Former president Pranab Mukherjee died on Monday in an army hospital, his son Abhijit said. He was 84. Mukherjee was admitted to hospital on August 10 and a health bulletin this morning said he was in a deep coma and on ventilator support.

Pranab Mukherjee

"With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Shri Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away in spite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital and prayers duas and prarthanas from people throughout India! I thank all of You Folded hands," his son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted.

Earlier in the day, former president Pranab Mukherjee's medical condition had "declined" and he was in "septic shock due to lung infection".

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What is septic shock?

Septic shock is a serious condition that occurs when a person's blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level following an infection. Any type of bacterial, fungal and viral (in rare cases) can cause sepsis, which can progress to septic shock if left untreated.

The former president was admitted to the hospital in Delhi Cantonment on August 10 and was operated the same day for removal of a clot in his brain. He later developed a lung infection

What is Blood clot in the brain?

A blood clot in the brain is a serious and life-threatening condition. Paralysis in the face and in the body as well as visual disturbances and speech disorders are typical signs.

The term "blood clot in the brain" covers both a true blood clot in the brain and a bleeding in the brain. In either case, the blood supply fails to part of the brain and certain symptoms occur.

Why brain surgery is done:

Brain surgery is done to correct physical abnormalities in the brain. These can be due to birth defect, disease, injury, or other problems.

You may need brain surgery if you have any of the following conditions in or around the brain:

  • abnormal blood vessels
  • an aneurysm
  • bleeding
  • blood clots
  • damage to the protective tissue called the "dura"
  • epilepsy
  • abscesses
  • nerve damage or nerve irritation
  • Parkinson's disease
  • pressure after head injury
  • skull fracture
  • a stroke
  • brain tumors
  • fluid building up in the brain

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The risks of brain surgery

All surgical procedures carry some risk. Brain surgery is a major medical event. It carries extra risk.

Possible risks associated with brain surgery include:

  • allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • bleeding in the brain
  • a blood clot
  • brain swelling
  • coma
  • impaired speech, vision, coordination, or balance
  • infection in the brain or at the wound site
  • memory problems
  • seizures
  • stroke

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