Corpus ID: 23613457

[Intestinal drug smuggling--a new diagnostic and therapeutic problem].

@article{Deuel1989IntestinalDS,
  title={[Intestinal drug smuggling--a new diagnostic and therapeutic problem].},
  author={W. Deuel and U. M{\"u}nch and U. Zollinger and N. Augustiny and G. Siegenthaler-Zuber and W. Vetter},
  journal={Schweizerische Rundschau fur Medizin Praxis = Revue suisse de medecine Praxis},
  year={1989},
  volume={78 4},
  pages={
          55-61
        }
}
  • W. Deuel, U. Münch, +3 authors W. Vetter
  • Published 1989
  • Medicine
  • Schweizerische Rundschau fur Medizin Praxis = Revue suisse de medecine Praxis
Since spring 1985 81 persons were examined because of suspected intestinal drug-smuggling (body-packing). 46 patients (57%) had drug-packages in the gastro-intestinal tract, in 35 persons (43%) the suspicion was not confirmed. 26 patients had swallowed the drugs (mostly cocaine) whereas in 20 cases drugs were found in the rectum (mostly heroine). Most important for diagnosis was abdominal x-ray whereas in our hands abdominal sonography was unreliable. When body-packing is diagnosed, observation… Expand