Hard as Nails 10

By AnthonyLast updated: Sunday, January 22, 2012 • Save & Share2 Comments

Surprisingly less of a problem than you might think

Surprisingly less of a problem than you might think

I have been failing in my attempts to document the harms of nail guns in human bodies. Hard as Nails No 9 was way back in 2008, and started in 2004. Here is the latest case. Man did not notice nail in brain.

Dante Autullo, 34, was in his workshop when a nail gun recoiled near his head.

But he had no idea the nail had entered his brain until the next day, when he began feeling nauseous.
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Ms Glaenzer said she had no idea the nail had entered his skull when she cleaned a cut on his forehead.

Gail Glaenzer said he jokingly told her to get the TV cameras: “I’m one of those medical miracles”
She convinced him to go to the hospital after he felt nauseous for much of Wednesday.

Mr Autullo thought that the nail gun had simply hit his forehead, but realised later that when the gun came in contact with his head, the sensor recognised a flat surface and fired.

The complete Hard as Nails series is here.

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2 Responses to “Hard as Nails 10”

Comment from Alex
Time 24/1/2012 at 3:21 pm

Followed some links from the abstract and found this.

“A 47-year-old man with a history of schizophrenia presented to our hospital due to the presence of a nail on his plain skull X-ray. He diagnosed paranoid type of schizophrenia about 17 years earlier, and his psychiatric symptoms were well controlled by medication.

Interestingly, he was not aware of the presence of the nail in his brain and showed no neurological deficits.

In the course of detailed history taking, we discovered that the nail was driven into his brain during a hallucinatory experience that had occurred more than 10 years earlier. Because we believed that removing the nail from his brain would be more dangerous than maintaining the status quo, the nail was not removed.

The absence of adverse effects or neurological symptoms/signs related to the presence of a foreign metallic body in the brain for over 10 years is exceptional.”

I guess it is.

Comment from Anthony
Time 26/1/2012 at 10:52 am

Alex, thanks for that!