Thursday, August 30, 2012

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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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3 comments:

Jyrvindrial said...

Bodypacking

Anonymous said...

Body packing of drugs...

Craig Chen said...

wow! you guys are good!
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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.