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Pencil Removed from Man's Head

by Sheela Philomena on May 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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 Pencil Removed from Man's Head

A 24-year-old man from Afghanistan lived for many years with a pencil lodged inside his head, said German surgeons.

The patient, had complained of impaired vision in his right eye, headaches and a discharge from his right nostril.

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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 and sent on to AFP on Wednesday.
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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 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.

Source: AFP
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