An American Cockroach
This week, The Times of India reported on a 42-year-old Indian woman who went to the emergency room complaining of a severely painful “tingling, crawling sensation” in her head. Two sets of doctors couldn’t figure out the cause of her pain, but the third set finally made a breakthrough: They determined it was a “foreign body that seemed to be mobile,” ordered a scan, and found a living, fully-grown cockroach lodged inside her nasal cavity. Doctors quickly guided a flexible tube called an endoscope up the woman’s nose to remove the bug. Luckily, everything turned out okay for both the woman and sneaky pest, which doctors noted was crawling around a petri dish after it had been removed.
Don’t panic. Adult-sized, living cockroaches making their way up someone’s nostrils without them knowing it is an extremely rare event. However, finding objects that don’t belong in someone’s skull is not that uncommon in the medical world. In fact, according to the Indian Times, the doctor that successfully removed the roach already had the pleasure of excising beads, a button cell, a leech, and chalk from other unfortunate noggins.
Here are some other reports of crazy objects making their way into available brain passages:
Hazards of the classroom
Souvenirs from vacation
A bad earache
The case of the mind-altering cotton gauze
Lastly, it’s important to note that the aforementioned Indian woman was absolutely not the first person to have a cockroach crawl into a bodily crevice. Some doctors claim that cockroaches and flying insects are actually the most common living things to enter the ear canal. A 2014 BBC report told of a man who had a 2 cm cockroach removed from his ear. Its a scary world, you guys. Good luck out there.