Mystifying Toxidrome: A Case of Heroin Body Packer Syndrome


Corresponding Author: Arvind Kumar Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, India Email: Abstract: Drug trafficking is an international problem. Over years it has increased in prevalence and concealment methods. Body packers swallow wrapped packets of illicit drugs, mainly cocaine and heroin and try to conceal them from security personnel. They present to physicians either as body packer syndrome with symptoms of intoxication or asymptomatically on suspicion of drug concealment, for observation. We report a case of middle aged unknown male, found in comatose state on road side by Delhi police (India), brought to our emergency without any signs of injury. Initially organophosphate toxidrome was suspected, later confirmed to be opiod toxidrome with internal concealment of many balloons (of polythene) wrapped packets of heroin. On failure of conservative removal, he underwent laparotomy with complete removal of all the packets. He was discharged in stable condition and handed over to the police. This is the first case report of live heroin body packer syndrome from India.

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@inproceedings{Panda2017MystifyingTA, title={Mystifying Toxidrome: A Case of Heroin Body Packer Syndrome}, author={Prasan Kumar Panda and Tom Jose Kakkanattu and Arvind Kumar and Prayas Sethi and K. Rathna Kumar and Ashutosh Biswas}, year={2017} }