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Management of body packers

August 25, 2015, 12:15 am

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Assessment of the management outcomes of body packers. Alfa-Wali M et al. ANZ J Surg 2015 Jul 14 [Epub ahead of print]

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This article from Hillingdon Hospital in London — located a mere 4 miles from Heathrow airport — was intended to evaluate the facility’s existing protocol for managing body packers.

Although some details of their …

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Best paper yet on screening suspected body packers

December 2, 2014, 10:33 pm

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Body packing: a review of general background, clinical and imaging aspects. Bert FH et al. Radiol Med 2014 Oct 10 [Epub ahead of print]

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I’d say this is the best article on imaging suspected body packers we’re likely to see, but with the rapid evolution of radiological technology it will likely need to be updated every year …

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Conservative treatment for asymptomatic body packers?

September 10, 2014, 5:32 pm

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Asymptomatic body packers should be treated conservatively. Glovinski PV et al. Dan Med J 2013 Nov;60:A4723

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Kudos to the authors for putting their general conclusion in the title. Unfortunately, there’ s less here than meets the eye.

This is a retrospective review of 57 patients suspected of body packing, seen at Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark. However, …

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Body packers: can CT determine the number of drug packets?

August 26, 2014, 1:24 pm

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Sensitivity and specificity of CT scanning for determining the number of internally concealed packages in ‘body-packers.’ Asha SE et al. Emerg Med J 2014 Feb 19. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-203389. [Epub ahead of print]

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Although the abdominal CT scan has been shown to be relatively accurate for determining the presence or absence of drug packets in suspected body packers, …

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MRI for body packers?

March 18, 2013, 5:16 pm

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Detection of body packing by magnetic resonance imaging: a new diagnostic tool? Bulakci M et al. Abdom Imaging 2012 Dec 9 [Epub ahead of print]

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What’s the best way to evaluate a suspected body packer? The authors of this paper note that CT scans are very sensitive, but involve high doses of radiation. (They do not mention …

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Low-dose abdominal CT is superior to plain film for imaging suspected body packers

January 4, 2013, 2:16 am

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Screening of Illegal Intracorporeal Containers (“Body Packing”): Is abdominal Radiography Sufficiently Accurate? A Comparative Study with Low-Dose CT. Poletti PA et al. Radiology 2012 Dec;265:772-9.

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The answer to the question posed in the title of this paper is clearly “No!”.  The authors — from the University Hospital of Geneva in Switzerland — prospectively studied 230 consecutive adults …

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Cannabis body packers

November 20, 2011, 11:38 pm

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Cannabis body packing: Two case reports. Spadari M et al. Clin Toxicol 2011;49:862-864.

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Cases of body packing usually involve ingestion of packets containing heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine.  Although packers who ingest cannabis packets are dealing with a much less dangerous drug, they are still susceptible to serious adverse effects. This French paper presents two case reports:

  1. A 26-year=old man

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Treatment protocol for symptomatic body packers (mules)

January 19, 2011, 11:10 pm

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Establishment of a definitive protocol for the diagnosis and management of body packers (drug mules). Mandava N et al. Emerg Med J 2011;28:98-101.

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A body packer or “mule” is an individual  who swallows packets filled with drugs (usually heroin or cocaine) in an attempt to smuggle them past customs. This retrospective review, from Mary Immaculate Hospital in …

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Cocaine mules: what to do with body packers

February 28, 2010, 8:49 pm

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Clinical management of cocaine body packers: the Hillingdon experience. Beckley I et al.  Can J Surg 2009;52:417-421.

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This retrospective observational study looked at 5-years of experience with patients suspected of being cocaine body packers referred to Hilldingdon Hospital in Uxbridge, England.  Since that hospital is located just outside of Heathrow Airport in London, the study population is considerable:  …

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