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Body Packer Syndrome

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : J Emerg Trauma Shock

Source : J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2021 Jan-Mar;14(1):51-52

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Campus : Faridabad

Year : 2021

Abstract : “Body packers” are persons who voluntarily or through coercion, swallow or insert drug-filled packets into body cavity, generally in an attempt to smuggle them across secure borders. The drugs most often involved in body packing are heroin and cocaine. Body packers can present in the emergency department as a result of ruptured drug packets, bowel obstruction, or for medicolegal purposes. Suspected cases are diagnosed with X-ray and computed tomography scan of the abdomen. Symptomatic patients require urgent removal of packets. We present a case of foreign national male in whom a drug packet got ruptured and 49 other packets were retrieved with help of laxatives and manual evacuation.

Cite this Research Publication : Arora A, Jain S, Srivastava A, Mehta M, Pancholy K. Body Packer Syndrome. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2021 Jan-Mar;14(1):51-52. doi: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_41_20. Epub 2021 Mar 23. PMID: 33911438; PMCID: PMC8054804.

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