Doctor discovers 100 bubble tea pearls in girl’s abdomen during CT scan

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2019

Most things are better in moderation - and that apparently includes bubble tea.

But her love of the popular milk drink, which is packed with tapioca balls, ended with her in hospital and hundreds of undigested black, chewy pearls lodged in her stomach.

The girl's parents took her to the emergency department of the Zhuji People's Hospital on May 28 after she complained of stomach aches and being constipated for five days, the Chinese news website The Paper reports.


The girl, who wasn't believed when she said she'd only had one bubble tea drink recently, was sent home with laxatives and instructed to give the drinks a break.

A doctor by the name of Zhang Louzhen, searching for the cause of the girl's digestive woes, performed a CT scan on her abdomen and made a shocking discovery - an estimated 100 undigested tapioca pearls.

The unlikely culprit? Too much bubble tea.


In China, a teenage girl was hospitalized after doctors found over 100 bubble tea balls trapped inside her stomach.

Doctors said tapioca starch can be hard to digest and bubble tea shops may put additives into the balls to improve their texture.


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