Man lives 15 years with pencil in head

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.

Man lives 15 years with pencil in head
Photo: DPA

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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