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Man lived for years with pencil inside his head

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 16:11 EDT
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This undated handout image made available by the University Clinc RWTH Aachen shows a scan of the head of a 24-year-old patient with a pencil lodged inside it. (AFP)
 
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A young man lived for many years with a pencil lodged inside his head, said German surgeons who detected the object on a CT scan and safely removed it.

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 and sent on to AFP on Wednesday.

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.

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