May 31, 2013

    Pencil lodged in head for 15 years

    A YOUNG man lived for years with a pencil lodged in his head, said German surgeons who detected the object on a CT scan and removed it safely.

    The 24-year-old patient from Afghanistan had complained of headaches, impaired vision in his right eye and discharge from his right nostril.

    Asked how the pencil had become lodged in his head, he said he only remembered a childhood accident, about 15 years earlier, in which he had fallen and suffered a serious nosebleed.

    A medical presentation on the 2011 case at Aachen University Hospital was presented at a conference in the western city of Essen earlier this week, and sent to AFP on Wednesday.

    Surgeons spotted the 7cm-long pencil - which was lodged in the back of the throat and had damaged the eye socket - during the scan.

    After surgery, the unnamed patient made a quick recovery and was released from hospital within days, the presentation said, although the man's vision remained impaired.