Keywords: body stuffer, body packer, CAT Scan (PubMed Search)
Posted: 10/15/2015 by Hong Kim, MD, MPH
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Toxicity due to body packing and body stuffing can be a significant concern due to unknown quantity and/or substance that was ingested.
A recent prospective observational case series compared the utility of CT abdomen/pelvis with and without PO contrast in identifying the ingested packets.
The gold standard comparison: surgical removal or expulsion of packets.
All patients received CT abd/pelvis with and without PO contrast.
A. Body stuffers (n = 24)
CT w/ PO contrast:
Positive: 7 (sensitivity 29.2%)
CT w/o PO contrast:
Positive: 9 (sensitivity 36.5%)
All 24 patients passed ingested packets
B. Body packers (n= 11)
CT w/ PO contrast
CT w/p PO contrast
10 patients expulsed packets; one patient did not have any packets.
Shahnazi M et al. Comparison of abdominal computed tomography with and without oral contrast in diagnosis of body packers and body stuffers. Clin Toxicol 2015;53:596-603.
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