The live cockroach was removed from the woman’s head
A 42-year-old woman from Madras called Selvi, was fast asleep when she felt a tingling sensation in her nose.
She said: “I couldn’t explain the feeling but I was sure it was some insect. There was a tingling, crawling sensation.
“Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes. I spent the entire night in discomfort.”
If the cockroach had been left inside it would have died
It was sitting in the skull base, between the two eyes, close to the brain
Dr M N Shankar
Solve visited her local doctor who referred her to the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital the next morning, where doctors performed an emergency nasal endoscopy.
They found the cockroach sitting on the skull base, between Selvi’s eyes – and it was alive.
“This is the first such case I have seen in my three decades of practice,” said Dr M N Shankar, head, ENT department at the hospital.
The cockroach was found sitting in the skull base between Selvi’s eyes
Recalling the hours of trauma, Selvi, a domestic worker living in Injambakkam, said her immediate reaction after feeling the crawling sensation in the right nostril was to brush it off in half sleep.
But before she could do anything, it went inside.
Even the doctors at Stanley Medical College Hospital, who have seen their share of maggots and houseflies in nostrils, were shocked to find a cockroach lodged inside the skull
Selvi felt a crawling sensation in the right nostril
“It was sitting in the skull base, between the two eyes, close to the brain. If left inside, it would have died before long and the patient would have developed infection which would have spread to the brain,” Dr Shankar added.
The doctors removed the cockroach using clamps and sucker. Dr Shankar said: “It was difficult to remove it because of the place it was sitting in. I had to first drag it to a place from where I could pull it out. It was finally removed after 45 minutes.”
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