Removing bones in the nose can lead to nightmarish complications.
The Internet has lit up with conversations about an obscure complication from nose surgery this month, after an article titled “Empty Nose Syndrome – the real murderer of the doctor-stabbing case?” started circulating.
The tragic case happened last month in the No.1 People’s Hospital of Wenling, Zhejiang Province, where Wang Yunjie, the chief physician of the ear-nose-throat department, was stabbed to death by Lian Enqing, a patient who had been dissatisfied by surgery performed at the hospital, the Global Times reported on November 1.
Lian was reportedly suffering from nasal obstruction, headaches and insomnia after nose surgery, but several examinations showed nothing wrong. Lian’s family suspected him of having psychological problems and forced him to accept mental treatment.
The article said Lian killed the doctor because Lian suffered from Empty Nose Syndrome (ENS), a side effect of nasal surgery.
Some typical online commentary, in a QQ group named ENS, came from a patient who only gave his surname as Zhang. “Now I have become used to the pain. But it was terrifying for the first few years, because nobody understood,” he said.
Zhang told Metropolitan that he has had ENS for more than nine years, and it has made him depressed. During the group chat, Zhang and a few other patients mentioned phrases such as “a life worse than death,” “commit suicide” and “kill the doctors” a few times.
There are dozens of groups like this, and many of the groups have over 100 participants.
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