Body packing

Case contributed by Dr Sahba Sabeti


Seizure with signs of sympathomimetic toxicity.

Patient Data

Age: 30-40 years
Gender: Male

Innumerable hyperdense materials in the stomach and large bowel likely represent drug packets. No bowel obstruction or other significant pathology is identified. A few of the packets are irregular raising the possibility of packet rupture.


Multiple radio-opaque drug packets are scattered throughout the large bowel and the left upper quadrant in the stomach.

Case Discussion

Details have been left intentionally vague given the criminal circumstances surrounding the case. The patient underwent endoscopic gastric decontamination and whole bowel lavage.

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Case information

rID: 57394
Published: 21st Dec 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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