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The body packers syndrome : management of asymptomatic cases

Dkhissi Yassine*, ElBouhaddouti H, Mouaqit O, Benjelloun E, Ousadden A and AIT Taleb K


Drugs trafficking are a significant problem for many countries, Body packing is one of the common ways to traffic illicit drugs. Intra corporeal drug carriage may lead to potential life-threatening complications with acute overdose syndromes and death due to ruptured package and intestinal obstruction that requires an emergency intervention .Patient management may be adjusted based on clinical symptoms, toxicological data and employment of appropriate radiological procedures and techniques for accurate detection and precise diagnosis. The global support has been the subject of numerous publications and recent review.

Case report

We report cases of body packers that were detained at Fez International Airport under suspicion and brought to hospital for observation, all patients were asymptomatic. A basic diagnostic imaging is done without signs of complication, close monitoring is done with good improvement


This represents a challenge for the attending physicians. The clinic, imaging and toxicological research are essential in the management; Conservative treatment is often started with little need for surgery


Body packers; Cocaine; Radiography role

Published Date: 2023-04-28; Received Date: 2023-04-03