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AIMS removes nail from man's head

A team of doctors at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences here treated an unusual case of nail-gun injury in a man’s head.

Published: 11th October 2013 11:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2013 11:23 AM   |  A+A-

A team of doctors at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences here treated an unusual case of nail-gun injury in a man’s head.

The patient, a 23-year-old man, had got injured while working at a construction site in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.While fixing metal sheets using a nail gun, a misdirected nail hit his face. He was immediately rushed to a hospital in Riyadh. The nail had entered through his cheek and an X-ray imaging showed the nail lodged deep inside his head in a critical position.

After giving emergency care, he was rushed to AIMS.When he reached the hospital, he was conscious.

“Investigations, including a CT scan and angiography, showed the nail to be lodged deep inside his head with some evidence of injury to the main blood vessels. A delicate microsurgical operation was performed to expose the embedded nail. It was then freed from the surrounding critical structures, including the nerves and blood vessels, and was removed,” a statement from the hospital said.

The doctors who attended the patient included Dilip Panikar, Parasuraman and team from the Department of Neurosurgery, Gokuldas, Jithendra, Sreekanth Murthy and team from the Department of Radiology.



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