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The Cocaine 'body-packer' Syndrome: Diagnosis And Treatment.

F. Y. Khan
Published 2005 · Medicine

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Sir, A 55-year-old African man was found unconscious at Al Doha airport in the state of Qatar at 11:00 am. The patient was unconscious, tachypnic, pupils were fixed and dilated, blood pressure 150/90mmHg, Pulse 105/min, and the oral temperature was 37.0o C. Because the individual was alone and unresponsive no past medical history was obtained. The patient was taken from the airport to the accident and emergency (A&E) department. Upon arrival to the A&E department he developed generalized seizures. On examination, the patient was unconscious, tachypnic, afebrile, pupils were fixed and dilated, blood pressure 150/ 90mmHg, Pulse 105/min and the oral temperature was 37.0o C. Arterial blood gas analysis at room air showed pH = 7.468, pO 2 = 65 mm Hg, pCO2 = 30 mm Hg, HCO3 24 mmol/L.
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