Contemporary management of drug-packers

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Experience with management of drug-packers (mules) is variable among different centres. However, despite a recorded increase in drug trafficking in general, as yet, no unified, clear guidelines exist to guide the medical management of those who only occasionally encounter these individuals. We describe our recent experience with this growing problem and discuss the most salient points concerning the contemporary management of body packers. Our recent experience demonstrates that type IV packages may now be managed conservatively for the most part.




Kelly, J., Corrigan, M., Cahill, R. A., & Redmond, H. P. (2007). Contemporary management of drug-packers. World Journal of Emergency Surgery, 2(1).

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