At least 100 undigested boba pearls found in girl's stomach

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2019

Most people would either recommend eating bubble tea pearls by the pound or are completely weirded out by their chewy texture.

A 14-year-old girl from the Zhejiang province in China was reportedly hospitalized in late May after she suffered from constipation for five days, Asia One reported.

Xiao Shen - who said she'd only had one cup of the pearl milk tea - was prescribed laxatives to help her pass the balls. The culprit: tapioca "pearls" often found at the bottom of the popular drink.

She was taken to the emergency department where, according to local media reports, CT scans revealed more than 100 "shadows" riddled throughout her digestive tract.

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Dr. Zhang Louzhen, who treated the constipated teen, said she most likely drank many bubble teas for a long period of time and it's believed that she hid her bubble tea habit from her parents to avoid getting scolded by them.

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.

So what are bubble tea pearls made of and how did this happen?

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