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 Université 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