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Ní Chróinín, D and Gaine, S (2012) Crack-ing the case: a patient with persistent delirium due to body packing with cocaine. Irish Medical Journal , 105 , (4) , pp. 118-119.

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A 36-year-old male presented acutely with encephalopathy, following his return to Ireland from a visit to West Africa. Clinical findings included confusion, agitation and tonic-clonic seizures. Difficulties in weaning sedation prompted repeat urine toxicology screening at day 8, which was positive for cocaine. Work-up for a source of continued cocaine exposure led to the discovery of cocaine-containing packages in the gastrointestinal tract. An index of suspicion should be maintained in patients presenting with drug toxicity following cross-border travel.


Item Type:Article
Date:2012
Page Range:pp. 118-119
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Volume:105
Number:4
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Substances > Cocaine
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal transportation of drugs (smuggling / trafficking)
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences

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