What is the risk of bag rupture or leaching in individuals with body-packed cocaine?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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The risk of bag rupture or leaching increases with dwell time. In one series, 2 patients had sloughed pieces of wrapping, and 1 had evidence of leaching. After the container believed to be the last has passed, Perrone and Hoffman recommend imaging (eg, Gastrografin upper-GI series with small-bowel follow-through or CT of the abdomen and pelvis) to ensure that the GI tract has been fully purged of all packets. [41]


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