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2022 Nov 04

J Med Case Rep



Body stuffing during apprehension resulting in distal esophageal impaction: a case report and review of the literature.


Schmidt T, Matolina Y, Neeki AS, Peace C, Archambeau B, Dong F, Neeki MM
J Med Case Rep. 2022 Nov 04; 16(1):426.
PMID: 36333745.


Body stuffing and body packing are two methods of concealing illicit drugs. Body stuffing is defined as the oral ingestion of illicit drugs, typically to avoid law enforcement detection or other consequences of possession, and may present a serious medical emergency in patients. Most commonly, body stuffers ingest possibly large or unknown quantities of illicit substances to avoid detection of the drugs during apprehension. This ingestion is typically hasty or impulsive, and therefore the substances ingested are rarely packaged in a way that would be considered safe for ingestion.