A young girl’s love of bubble tea has landed her in hospital and prompted doctors to warn about drinking the beverage in moderation.

Bubble tea is a popular drink sold at Asian-style cafes and takeaway stores here in Australia. Chewy tapioca balls are often added to the cold, milky drink.

It was those starchy balls that landed the 14-year-old girl from Zhejiang province in eastern China in trouble, shares 9 news.

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.


Puzzled, doctors conducted a CT scan which showed up more than 100 spherical shadows dotted throughout her digestive tract.

After being questioned on her diet, the girl told doctors she had drunk one cup of bubble tea five days earlier.

However, doctors believed the girl was concealing the depths of her bubble tea habit to avoid getting in trouble from her parents.

Doctor Zhang Louzhen, who treated the girl, said she would need to have ingested a significant amount of bubble tea for an extended period of time for her condition to be this severe.

Another doctor observed that the tapioca balls in the tea were made out of starch and hard to digest.

Are you a bubble tea lover?

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  • Holy cow, that kid has seriously drunk a tonne of this stuff!!!


  • This is the first I’ve heard of bubble tea. Not sure I would ever try it now, crikey. I wonder if she just had to wait it out or if they gave her laxatives or something?


  • I haven’t heard of bubble tea before. Seems she drank an excessive amount


  • Oh gosh… this is why I have never tried bubble tea…. over a crazy phobia that this may happen ……
    she obviously had wayyyyyyyyy more than one drink though


  • I’ve never heard of bubble tea but I’m sure one cup wouldn’t cause that much trouble


  • Of course, again, parents never saying no to there kids and getting what they want when they want it, this is the result


  • So, really it’s just a warning for people who drink insane amounts of bubble tea. I enjoy it in moderation, though I prefer it with fruit jelly to the tapioca balls.


  • Never heard of bubble tea, does not seem healthy though.


  • I have never had a bubble cup before. As a teacher, I know how many of these children can have!


  • I have never heard of this before now, but probably would never have tried it anyway as milky drinks are not my style – prefer tea, coffee or gold old plain water from the tap.


  • I’ve never drunk bubble tea and unlikely to now.


  • Never heard of it.


  • This is really scary. I am a huge bubble tea lover. I also suffer from GI issues so I will definitely be staying away from bubble tea from now on. Thank you for this informative article.


  • I’ve never heard of bubble tea before but after reading this I will be keeping away from it


  • Bubble tea in moderation for me is ok.
    The little balls get chewed and not swallowed whole.

    • The tea does not have to have the bubbles/balls in it.


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