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A body-packer with a cocaine bag stuck in the stomach

Beauverd, Yan and Poletti, Pierre-Alexandre and Wolff, Hans and Ris, Frédéric and Dumonceau, Jean-Marc and Elger, Bernice S.. (2011) A body-packer with a cocaine bag stuck in the stomach. World journal of radiology, Vol. 3, H. 6. pp. 155-158.

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Abstract

Management of patients carrying packets of drugs in the digestive tract is a frequent medical problem. We report on a patient who was referred by the police after ingestion of packets of cocaine. After spontaneous elimination of 81 drug packets, the patient had three unremarkable stools. A plain abdominal X-ray disclosed no residual packet but computed tomography (CT) scan showed one in the stomach. As this was not eliminated during the 10 d following ingestion, it was removed through gastrotomy. This case stresses the usefulness of the CT scan to ensure that no residual packet is present before hospital discharge.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ethik in der Medizin > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
UniBasel Contributors:Elger, Bernice Simone
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Beijing Baishideng BioMed Scientific Co.
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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