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Elderly man has a 9cm hole inside his brain


Posted on Tuesday, 13 March, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments

Scans revealed the hole inside the man's head. Image Credit: Lehmer et al./BMJ Case Reports
The 84-year-old, who is from Northern Ireland, was found to have an air pocket where part of his brain should be.
The unnamed man's peculiar affliction was discovered after his GP referred him to hospital for tests following a series of bad falls at his home and a sensation of weakness in his left arm and leg.

Doctors were shocked to find that there was a huge 9cm hole in his right frontal lobe - the part of the brain responsible for controlling muscles on the left side of the body.

An MRI scan later revealed that, despite appearances, his brain matter hadn't actually gone but had instead been displaced by a type of air cavity inside his skull known as a pneumatocoele.

The most likely cause of this was a benign bone tumor that had eroded part of the bone, allowing air to be pushed up in to the skull through what has been described as a "one-way valve effect."

Doctors offered to operate on his brain to remove the tumor and reduce the air pocket, however after hearing about the risks involved in the procedure he ultimately decided against it.

Fortunately though, the huge gap in his head doesn't seem to have done him any harm as, twelve weeks after his visit to the hospital, the weakness he had been experiencing has completely gone.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (10)

Tags: Brain

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by FLOMBIE on 13 March, 2018, 17:35
At first I thought this is going to be another Trump thread.
Comment icon #2 Posted by thegreatweard on 13 March, 2018, 18:00
Wow he is a real survivor
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hawkin on 13 March, 2018, 18:19
If I was 84 and doing fine I would refuse surgery also.
Comment icon #4 Posted by LV-426 on 13 March, 2018, 19:19
What do you mean "This isn't the music thread!"?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Herr Falukorv on 13 March, 2018, 20:47
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hawkin on 13 March, 2018, 22:36
Bill Clinton's brain is in his pants.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hammerclaw on 14 March, 2018, 5:44
He is the closed circle. He is returning to the beginning.
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 16 March, 2018, 17:24
Heliterallyhave abrain fart.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BettyTheYeti on 17 March, 2018, 3:02
I need that surgery like I need a hole in the head.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 19 March, 2018, 11:24
Thought...this was a thread about my x-wife...


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