Rectal foreign bodies: body packing

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

This 'patient' was brought in by police officers under the suspicion of carrying drugs on their person.

Modality: X-ray

Well-defined opacities present in the rectum, in keeping with foreign bodies. 

Case Discussion

Body packing is an increasingly 'popular' method for tourists to bring in illegal substances. This is one of the more obvious cases, but small multi-layered swallowed packets can be very difficult to discern from faecal matter, even on CT.

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Case Information

rID: 35907
Case created: 24th Apr 2015
Last edited: 26th Oct 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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