Voluntary ingestion of packages containing narcotic drugs. Diagnosis and treatment in a clinical case

Caputo, G.; Fabiano, V.; Cavallaro, G.; Sturniolo, G.; Albanese, V.; Bruno, T.

Annali Italiani di Chirurgia 61(2) 189-191; Discussion: 191-192


ISSN/ISBN: 0003-469X
PMID: 2270888
Document Number: 366120
A case of intracorporeal concealment of narcotics is reported. Cocaine mixed with marihuana were the ingested drugs. Surgical treatment is, in selected cases, the safest method to remove such packages from the gastrointestinal tract also in subjects without mechanical obstruction. In fact, rupture of a packet threatens the patient's life, because of cocaine's high toxicity and lack of antidote.

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