We read with interest the two recent reports published in your journal, discussing the unusual case of a body packer concealing both a synthetic cannabinoid and cannabis, and the radiological features of the “body packer syndrome,” respectively (
- Nacca N.
- Schult R.
- Loflin R.
- et al.
Coma, seizures, atrioventricular block, and hypoglycemia in an ADB-FUBINACA body-packer.
J Emerg Med. 2018; 55: 788-791
2). The two studies include relevant and original information. We aim to contribute to this topic and clarify a few issues.
- Ray A.
- Nayan A.
- Katariya K.
- et al.
Body packer syndrome: a radiological denouement!.
J Emerg Med. 2018; 55: 260-263
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- PreviewA 43-year-old man was brought to the Emergency Department after being found unconscious near Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. He was not accompanied by any friends or relatives. On examination he was found to be deeply comatosed, with a Glasgow Coma Scale score (GCS) of E1V2M1. His vitals were within normal limits. Neurological examination revealed bilateral slightly constricted but normally reacting pupils. Auscultation of the respiratory system revealed bilateral infra-axillary, infra-mammary, and infrascapular coarse crepitations.
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- PreviewI want to thank Dr. Cappelletti and colleagues for showing interest in our article and for their insightful comments (1). They have put forward three interesting points, namely: 1) Differentiation of the term body packing from other terms like body pushing; 2) Use of items other than illegal drugs in body packing; 3) Self-presentation by the body packers to a health care facility.