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Man Has 4-Inch Pencil Extracted From His Head

ROSEMONT, IL - AUGUST 11:  Number 2 pencils are displayed in the back-to-school section of a Target store August 11, 2005 in Rosemont, Illinois. With the start of school nearing, retailers are stocking up in anticipation of back-to-school shoppers.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

ROSEMONT, IL - AUGUST 11: Number 2 pencils are displayed in the back-to-school section of a Target store August 11, 2005 in Rosemont, Illinois. With the start of school nearing, retailers are stocking up in anticipation of back-to-school shoppers. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)  (2005 Getty Images)

Doctors at a clinic in Germany say a man spent 15 years with a pencil in his head following a childhood accident.

Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man from Afghanistan sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds, a runny nose, and worsening vision in one eye. A scan showed that a 4-inch pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket.

The unnamed man said he didn't know how the pencil got there but recalled that he once fell badly as a child and had a serious nosebleed.

The German doctors removed the pencil and say the man has recovered.

According to a German media report, the pencil was found only after a detailed medical examination using computer tomography.

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Hospital spokesman Mathias Brandstaedter said Wednesday the case was presented for the first time at a medical conference this week in Essen by Prof Frank Hoelzle of Aachen University.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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