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Body Packer: An Experience in a Reference Hospital

Giovanna M Rivas Zuñiga, Katty C Square Nieves, Nayib De J Zurita Medrano, Jaime M Iglesias Medrano

Citation Information : Zuñiga GM, Nieves KC, Medrano ND, Medrano JM. Body Packer: An Experience in a Reference Hospital. Panam J Trauma Crit Care Emerg Surg 2021; 10 (1):43-45.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10030-1309

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


The term body packer refers to the carrying of illegals in the body of a person with the aim of contraband. It is estimated that around 5% of the world's adult population used illicit drugs at least once in 2015. While most body packers are asymptomatic, a small percentage requires a surgical intervention due to complications such as intestinal obstruction. In the current report, we will present the case of a patient admitted with this complication to the emergency unit of a hospital in the city of Cartagena.

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