Thursday, August 30, 2012


You are a radiologist and get several X-rays sent by the emergency department for young men in their 20s with chief complaint "arrested by law enforcement." You sigh.

Challenge: What's your diagnosis?

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Jyrvindrial said...


Anonymous said...

Body packing of drugs...

Craig Chen said...

wow! you guys are good!

This is internal concealment of drugs or bodypacking. Most commonly, cocaine or heroin is sealed in packets and ingested (50-100) for later retrieval. Patients can be asymptomatic and brought in by law enforcement, present with a toxidrome from a ruptured packet, or present with symptoms of gastrointestinal obstruction or perforation.

Source: UpToDate.