Doctor finds over 100 bubble tea pearls stuck in girl's abdomen

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

The teenager was admitted to hospital after complaining of stomach pains and that she hadn't had a bowel movement in over five days, AsiaOne news outlet reports.

It may surprise you to know that bubble tea has actually been around since the 80s, when it was created in Taiwan.

Her parents took her to the emergency room at Zhuji People's Hospital, in Zhejiang province, eastern China, on May 28.

In addition, each tapioca ball can add five to 14 calories to your drink, which means that just 1/4 cup of them can add over 100 extra calories to your already calorically-dense drink.

But judging by the state of the girl's digestive system, Dr. Zhang Louzhen-who treated the patient-said that she likely consumed a lot more tea and for a long period of time. Doctors surmised she likely hid her habit from her parents to avoid getting in trouble.

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He also warns that as the pearls are made of starch they are very hard for the body to digest, and prescribed the girl laxatives to help remove the pearls from her body.

Bubble tea is a popular drink sold at Asian-style cafes and takeaway stores here in Australia. It's generally served with a thick straw wide enough for the chewy tapioca pearls to travel up. And bubble tea portions can be just as over-sized as venti mochas. The culprit: tapioca "pearls" often found at the bottom of the popular drink.

Bubble tea, which is already saturated with sugar, contains as much as 50 grams of sugar and close to 500 calories.

A doctor in China thinks an excessive amount of bubble tea pearls caused the girl's stomach issues.

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