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Man Has Knife Removed From Brain After Four Years 14

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abhatt writes "From the article: 'A man in China complaining of headaches and strange taste in his mouth was found to have a 4-inch knife buried in his brain. Doctors examining Li Fu realized the blade had been in his head for four years without him realizing it. The 37-year-old from Yunnan Province suffered a stabbing during a robbery in 2006 while he worked as a cab driver.'"

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Man Has Knife Removed From Brain After Four Years

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  • by monoqlith (610041) on Thursday February 17, 2011 @02:37PM (#35235068)

    they didn't do an MRI.

  • I'd imagine having a knife in your brain could give you a pretty bad headache.
  • I just can't understand this:

    Taxi driver comes into ER after being stabbed in the head.
    Doctor examines, administers care, inserts sutures etc etc and the one I don't get MISSES 4 INCH SECTION OF BLADE still in the mans head?

    I mean seriously, when a kid gets a gravel knee, the first thing you do is check to make sure that all the gravel bits are out before you put a bandaid/bandage on! Break some glass? Check to make sure all the glass bits are out of the cut!

    Surely, you would apply this same logic to a stab

    • by Shikaku (1129753)

      *stab* *knife snaps from perpendicular force* *knife piece travels inside wound for some reason* *Knife wound looks like a normal stab wound* *Victim goes unconscious right at stabbing due to trauma* And nobody notices because the attacker kept the broken knife/it was lost, the victim can't remember it and heals thinking the pain is part of the wound recovery.

      • Doctors take some xrays, as they should do after any kind of head trauma, find the blade, remove it.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          you forget this is china, we have cheap goods for a reason.

          > Doctors take some xrays, as they should do after any kind of head trauma, find the blade, remove it.

      • by gl4ss (559668)

        and nobody did a xray.

        but it's china, a developing nation.

    • by RockDoctor (15477)
      Shikaku has enumerated a perfectly reasonable scenario.

      when a kid gets a gravel knee, the first thing you do is check to make sure that all the gravel bits are out before you put a bandaid/bandage on!

      One of my first memories (from around 20 years before MRI or CAT scanning were invented) is of my father using a pair of forceps to pull a cm-long piece of gravel out of my forehead, around a week after I'd learned a messy lesson about tobogganing down steep grassy banks onto the level ground of a gravel path (

      • Since then, yes, even minor wounds are routinely X-rayed ; not to find missing fragments (which would have happened anyway, if the clinician suspected fragmentation), but to document that the wound is clear to keep the lawyers happy.

        I remeber I smashed a windows and opened a massive flap on my finger, the hospital flushed it out, x-rayed it, closed it up etc. For a long time afterwards there was pain there when presure was put on it and things felt a bit hard on the skin surface but I didn't think much of either.

        Anyway some time down the line while picking at it (yeah I probablly shouldn't do that but it's a habbit i've always had) I felt something way too hard to be skin, as I continued picking at it I revealed a small peice of glass

        • by Nadaka (224565)

          ...Soon afterwards there was no more pressure from putting pain on it.

          Glad that was fixed and you can go back to putting all the pain on it that you want.

  • I wonder if the guy's case is anything like the celebrated case of the railroad construction foreman Phineas Gage [wikimedia.org], who survived having a large iron rod go completely through his head. I wonder if he's experienced any changes in personality similar to Gage's case, in addition to the headaches and the strange tastes.

  • What would have happened to this guy at LAX security? With the boneheaded "security" people and federal police and judges and other bureaucrats in the US, I guess he was lucky to live in China.

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