Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with heroin toxicity?

Updated: Dec 16, 2018
  • Author: Rania Habal, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Consultation with a toxicologist or the regional poison control center may be indicated if multiple ingestions have occurred.

Consultation with a surgeon is indicated when heroin packets cause a body packer or body stuffer to experience a bowel obstruction, intestinal rupture, and peritonitis and when compartment syndrome is suspected.

Consultation with a psychiatrist is indicated for patients with an intentional suicidal overdose (extremely rare).


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