Date
23 September 2017
A computer recreation shows the trajectory of the chopsticks. They narrowly missed the internal capsules at the center of the brain and no cranial nerves were damaged. Photos: http://www.hkmj.org
A computer recreation shows the trajectory of the chopsticks. They narrowly missed the internal capsules at the center of the brain and no cranial nerves were damaged. Photos: http://www.hkmj.org

Man escapes injury after sticking chopsticks through eyes

A 56-year-old man is lucky to escape serious injury after he inserted chopsticks into his brain through his eyes.

Neurology and ophthalmology experts said the case was “one in a million”, Apple Daily reports.

The incident took place in January 2015 at Princess Margaret Hospital where the man, said to be suffering from acute psychosis, had been admitted to an intensive care unit.

He picked up a pair of chopsticks and inserted them into his eye orbit before pulling them out.

He tried to mutilate himself further but was stopped by hospital staff.

A computer scan showed that the chopsticks narrowly missed the internal capsules at the center of the brain. There was no damage to the cranial nerves.

Also, the results showed no vascular injury. An ophthalmologist said he is unlikely to have impaired vision.

The man was clinically and neurologically stable throughout the admission and was managed conservatively without any neurosurgical intervention, according to a case report published in the latest issue of the Hong Kong Medical Journal.

The medical team that treated the patient said he was lucky because similar cases involving self-inflicted brain injury almost always ended in death.

The man suffered slight impairment in his upper limbs as a result, according to Ming Pao Daily.

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