Rectal foreign bodies - body packing

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


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

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 fecal matter, even on CT.

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Case information

rID: 35907
Published: 10th May 2015
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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