en
Scientific article
Open access
English

A body-packer with a cocaine bag stuck in the stomach

Published inWorld journal of radiology, vol. 3, no. 6, p. 155-158
Publication date2011
Abstract

Management of patients carrying packets of drugs in the digestive tract is a frequent medical problem. We report on a patient who was referred by the police after ingestion of packets of cocaine. After spontaneous elimination of 81 drug packets, the patient had three unremarkable stools. A plain abdominal X-ray disclosed no residual packet but computed tomography (CT) scan showed one in the stomach. As this was not eliminated during the 10 d following ingestion, it was removed through gastrotomy. This case stresses the usefulness of the CT scan to ensure that no residual packet is present before hospital discharge.

Citation (ISO format)
BEAUVERD, Yan et al. A body-packer with a cocaine bag stuck in the stomach. In: World journal of radiology, 2011, vol. 3, n° 6, p. 155–158. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v3.i6.155
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
accessLevelPublic
Identifiers
ISSN of the journal1949-8470
761views
352downloads

Technical informations

Creation10/22/2012 3:58:00 PM
First validation10/22/2012 3:58:00 PM
Update time03/14/2023 5:48:03 PM
Status update03/14/2023 5:48:03 PM
Last indexation01/16/2024 12:41:11 AM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack