The largest object removed from a human skull

The case of Phineas Cage is a classic of neuroscience: A bar weighing five kilos, more than a meter long and 2.5 centimeters thick went through his head, entered his left cheek and exited through the top of the skull propelled by a gunpowder explosion. Cage survived, but his character changed radically, becoming an outgoing and foul-mouthed person when he had been someone very shy and timid.

But it’s not the largest object removed from a human skull (keeping the patient alive). That honor corresponds to another iron bar, specifically a 46-centimeter drill bit, almost half a meter.

On August 15, 2003, American bricklayer Ron Hunt fell face-first from a ladder onto a 18-inch drill bit that passed through his right eye, through his skull, and exited above his right ear. The drill bit displaced Hunt’s brain instead of penetrating it, saving his life.

The heaviest object ever removed from a stomach, however, was removed in November 2007, when a 4.5kg trichobezoar (hairball) was removed from the stomach of an 18-year-old girl at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. . The Rapunzel syndrome that the patient suffered from is the result of trichophagia, the compulsive impulse to ingest hair.

The largest collection of surgically removed foreign bodies corresponds to Chavelier Quixote Jackson, who over the course of 75 years in the profession, extracted 2,374 objects from the throats, esophagus and lungs of his patients, which are stored in the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection at the Mütter Museum of the Philadelphia College of Physicians.

The collection has objects such as a child’s theater binoculars, a padlock and a miniature trumpet. It is difficult to imagine that a person could swallow a wristwatch, 3 squirrel vertebrae or a shoe buckle, but it is so.

One of the most horrifying cases he had to face was that of a woman, a psychiatric patient, who had exactly 1,446 objects removed from her stomach; among them 453 nails, 409 pins, 63 buttons, 42 screws, 5 thimbles and 3 salt and pepper dispensers. He died during the operation.

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