Body packer

Case contributed by Dr Stefan Götschi


Patient arrested by police officers at the airport due to strange behavior.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

CT scan of the abdomen demonstrates numerous colonic (mainly descending and sigmoid colon and rectum) hyperdense oval foreign bodies, consistent with packets containing a radiodense powder - most probably cocaine.

Case Discussion

Strange behavior raised suspicion for rupture of a swallowed packet of cocaine; this was not the case. Apparently he always behaved strangely when he walked around with 300-500g of cocaine in his colon.

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Case information

rID: 14904
Published: 4th Sep 2011
Last edited: 2nd Nov 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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