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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

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.

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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
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