Cocaine intoxication, delirium, and death in a body packer

David A Fishbain, Charles V. Wetli

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Abstract

The authors describe a case of emergency department presentation of acute cocaine delirium in a cocaine "body packer," ie, an individual who attempted to smuggle cocaine by intracorporeal means. Treatment for cocaine intoxication was not initiated because the patient gave a false history; did not present with seizures, stupor or coma; had no deterioration in vital signs until late in the presentation; and presented with apparent psychiatric symptomatology, ie, delirium. Delirium should be treated by first identifying its cause and by attempting to remove the cause by appropriate medical and surgical techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-532
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Volume10
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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Keywords

  • cocaine, intoxication
  • delirium, cocaine intoxication
  • drug abuse, cocaine

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  • Emergency Medicine

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Cocaine intoxication, delirium, and death in a body packer. / Fishbain, David A; Wetli, Charles V.

In: Annals of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 10, 01.01.1981, p. 531-532.

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Fishbain, David A ; Wetli, Charles V. / Cocaine intoxication, delirium, and death in a body packer. In: Annals of Emergency Medicine. 1981 ; Vol. 10, No. 10. pp. 531-532.
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