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Man lives 15 years with pencil in head

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Man lives 15 years with pencil in head
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08:43 CEST+02:00
German surgeons identified and removed a pencil from a man's head that had been lodged there for around 15 years, it emerged this week. It seems he has no idea how it got there.

The patient, a 24-year-old man from Afghanistan, had complained of impaired vision in his right eye, headaches and a 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 where he fell and suffered a strong nosebleed.

A medical presentation on the 2011 case at Aachen University Hospital was presented at a conference in the western city of Essen this week.

Surgeons spotted the seven-centimetre (2.7-inch) pencil, which had lodged in the back of the throat and damaged the eye socket, in a Computerised Tomography (CT) scan.

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

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