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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009, Article ID 712573, 3 pages
Case Report

Hashish Body Packing: A Case Report

1Department of Internal Medicine, H.U.Virgen Macarena, 41007 Sevilla, Spain
2Residencial Alta Entinas, Almerimar, El Ejido, C/Glaucio 4, 04711 Almeria, Spain

Received 2 February 2009; Accepted 7 July 2009

Academic Editor: Timothy B. Erickson

Copyright © 2009 Manuel Jesus Soriano-Perez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A 42-year-old African male was brought by the police to the emergency department under suspicion of drug smuggling by body-packing. Plain abdominal radiograph showed multiple foreign bodies within the gastrointestinal tract. Contrast-enhanced abdominal CT confirmed the findings, and the patient admitted to have swallowed “balls” of hashish. Body-packing is a recognized method of smuggling drugs across international borders. Body packers may present to the emergency department because of drug toxicity, intestinal obstruction, or more commonly, requested by law-enforcement officers for medical confirmation or exclusion of suspected body packing.