Neurosurgical removal of knife in head

The picture is a man with a knife blade embedded in his head. It’s from a case report in the Croatian Medical Journal by a group of neurosurgeons who reported how it happened, and how they safely removed it.

The man was stabbed in the head by his daughter, who’s ominously described only as a ‘drug addict’ in the case report.

The blade penetrated 8cms into his skull but he was conscious on admission to hospital, he remembered the event, and had not fainted during or after the assault.

The surgical team used a grinder to remove the handle from the knife and CT scanned the patient’s head, and found the blade was at the very edge of the brain.

The neurosurgeons removed the knife, and the man recovered with no brain injury and no damage to the facial nerve.

pdf of full-text paper.

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