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The "cocaine body packer" syndrome. Case report and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2800854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The cocaine body packer syndrome is seen in drug traffickers swallowing hermetically packed cocaine. The condition can be diagnosed by serial abdominal roentgenograms. The double condom sign and the rosette form are two pathognomonic radiological signs. In the absence of complications, laxatives are administered and the patient is monitored for a prolonged period of time. In the event of a cocaine intoxication due to rupture of a package or in case of a gastrointestinal obstruction, an emergency surgical exploration should be carried out.
P Geyskens; L Coenen; J Brouwers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta chirurgica Belgica     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0001-5458     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Chir. Belg.     Publication Date:    1989 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-11-17     Completed Date:  1989-11-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370571     Medline TA:  Acta Chir Belg     Country:  BELGIUM    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, Mechelen.
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MeSH Terms
Foreign Bodies*
Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*,  radiography
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