Year 2020, Volume 2 , Issue 1, Pages 54 - 56 2020-03-01

Introduction: The body-packer is an international smuggler who ingests packed illicit drugs. Imaging is very important for diagnosis and management of these patients.
Case report: We present a case of cocaine body-packing detected through scan. A 50-year-old Brazilian male was brought to the emergency department for detailed clinical examination and to verify any possible illicit drug packages within the gastrointestinal system. After the absence of drug intoxication symptoms, we performed abdominal computed tomography scan. And it showed the presence of ingested packets from stomach to rectum. The patient was kept under surveillance and during his observation in hospital he excreted all cocaine packets.
Conclusion: Body packers put themselves at considerable risk as rupture of packet inside the body may be fatal. The patients should be monitored to detect complications, enabling early treatment, and to remove or assist in the expulsion of drug packages from the body. Computed tomography is a fast, reliable and reproducible method for detection of ingested packets.
Introduction: The body-packer is an international smuggler who ingests packed illicit drugs. Imaging is very important for diagnosis and management of these patients.
Case report: We present a case of cocaine body-packing detected through scan. A 50-year-old Brazilian male was brought to the emergency department for detailed clinical examination and to verify any possible illicit drug packages within the gastrointestinal system. After the absence of drug intoxication symptoms, we performed abdominal computed tomography scan. And it showed the presence of ingested packets from stomach to rectum. The patient was kept under surveillance and during his observation in hospital he excreted all cocaine packets.
Conclusion: Body packers put themselves at considerable risk as rupture of packet inside the body may be fatal. The patients should be monitored to detect complications, enabling early treatment, and to remove or assist in the expulsion of drug packages from the body. Computed tomography is a fast, reliable and reproducible method for detection of ingested packets.
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Primary Language en
Subjects Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging
Journal Section Case Reports
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0002-7296-5093
Author: Onur TUTAR
Institution: İSTANBUL ÜNİVERSİTESİ - CERRAHPAŞA, CERRAHPAŞA TIP FAKÜLTESİ, DAHİLİ TIP BİLİMLERİ BÖLÜMÜ, RADYOLOJİ ANABİLİM DALI
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0002-4843-1155
Author: Yonca Senem AKDENİZ (Primary Author)
Institution: İSTANBUL ÜNİVERSİTESİ-CERRAHPAŞA, CERRAHPAŞA TIP FAKÜLTESİ, DAHİLİ BİLİMLER, ACİL TIP ANABİLİMDALI
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0002-5683-0391
Author: Türkan İKİZCELİ
Institution: SAĞLIK BİLİMLERİ ÜNİVERSİTESİ, İSTANBUL HASEKİ SAĞLIK UYGULAMA VE ARAŞTIRMA MERKEZİ, DAHİLİ TIP BİLİMLERİ BÖLÜMÜ, RADYOLOJİ ANABİLİM DALI
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0002-9825-4716
Author: İbrahim İKİZCELİ
Institution: İSTANBUL ÜNİVERSİTESİ - CERRAHPAŞA, CERRAHPAŞA TIP FAKÜLTESİ, DAHİLİ TIP BİLİMLERİ BÖLÜMÜ, ACİL TIP ANABİLİM DALI
Country: Turkey


Dates

Application Date : December 18, 2019
Acceptance Date : January 21, 2020
Publication Date : March 1, 2020

AMA TUTAR O , AKDENİZ Y , İKİZCELİ T , İKİZCELİ İ . Body Packers and Imaging: A Case Report. Phnx Med J.. 2020; 2(1): 54-56.