Body Packing: A Case of Intestinal Heroin Transport

December 2009
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Dec2009, Vol. 84 Issue 12, p1151
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents the case of a 50-year-old woman who took in 50 pellets of packed heroin for transport. Upright abdominal radiography showed rectangular intracolonic masses while abdominal computed tomography without contrast found pellets in the ascending and transverse colon. The article notes that imaging is necessary in diagnosing body packing and computed tomography is the best way to manage patients. It notes that body packers should undergo whole-bowel irrigation.


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