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Hashish Body Packing: A Case Report

By Manuel Jesus Soriano-Perez, Jose Luis Serrano-Carrillo, Inmaculada Marin-Montin and Alfonso Cruz-Caballero


A 42-year-old African male was brought by the police to the emergency department under suspicion of drug smuggling by body-packing. Plain abdominal radiograph showed multiple foreign bodies within the gastrointestinal tract. Contrast-enhanced abdominal CT confirmed the findings, and the patient admitted to have swallowed “balls” of hashish. Body-packing is a recognized method of smuggling drugs across international borders. Body packers may present to the emergency department because of drug toxicity, intestinal obstruction, or more commonly, requested by law-enforcement officers for medical confirmation or exclusion of suspected body packing

Topics: Case Report
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
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