How to manage the majority of body-packers?

How can the majority of body-packers be managed? This study claims to answer that question:

Oesophageal and gastric obstruction in a cocaine body packer,” P. Hantson, A. Capron, J.-F. Maillart, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, epub August 29, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Ivan Oransky for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Universit√© Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, report:

Most of the patients can be managed conservatively by oral laxatives….

The majority of the body-packers will remain asymptomatic and can be managed as outpatients.

Here’s further detail from the study:


BONUS: A different, nearly unrelated variety of body-packing: The man who lost his leg and gained a floor lamp

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