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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-52

Body packer syndrome


Department of Emergency Medicine, Max Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Akant Arora
Department of Emergency Medicine, Max Superspeciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_41_20

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“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.


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