Doctors discover live cockroach in woman's skull

Doctors discover live cockroach in woman's skull

A live cockroach was discovered in a woman's skull

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

After a woman complained of discomfort in her nose, doctors made a rather unpleasant - in fact downright disgusting - discovery in her skull. 

The 42-year-old woman awoke last Tuesday night with a tingling sensation in her nostril, at first she thought she was catching a cold, but soon realised there was something moving, the Washington Post reported.

Eventually, after visiting four separate hospitals, the true source of the pain emerged: a cockroach.

The saga began when domestic worker Selvi travelled to hospital with her son-in-law in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

She was referred to a second hospital and doctors there thought that she was suffering from a nasal growth. 

However, they then referred her to a third hospital, where they gave the woman a scan saying her problems were coming from "a foreign body that seemed to be mobile."

Finally a fourth doctor at Stanley Medical College Hospital used an endoscope to find the source of the problem.

M.N. Shankar, head of the hospital's ear, nose and throat department, told the Times of India: “It was a full grown-cockroach. It was alive. And it didn’t seem to want to come out.”

It was sitting in the skull base, which is between the eyes and near the brain. It took 45 minutes to remove the insect, and doctors had to use a suction device and forceps.

Shankar also said: “If left inside, it would have died before long and the patient would have developed infection, which would have spread to the brain."