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Surgeons remove pencil from man's skull—15 years later

May 29, 2013

    Paige Baschuk, Daily Briefing

    Talk about an annoying splinter.

    German doctors at a medical conference this week said they removed a four-inch pencil from a 24-year-old man's skull in 2011—finally relieving him of 15 years' worth of relentless headaches and worsening vision problems, the Associated Press reports.

    Aachen University Hospital doctors found the source of the man's pain by scanning his skull using computer tomography, according to BBC News. They found the four-inch pencil lodged from his sinus to his pharynx. It had injured his right eye socket.

    Once the pencil was removed, the man was cured of his ailments and since has not had any adverse effects. He said he did not know how the pencil got inside his head, but recalled a bad fall as a child that involved a serious nosebleed.

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