'Terrifying': Bengaluru Teen Girl Tries Liquid Nitrogen Paan, Gets Hole In Her Stomach

A 12-year-old girl in Bengaluru suffered severe stomach pain after trying liquid nitrogen paan, leading to a hospital diagnosis of perforation peritonitis.
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Hole forms in 12-year-old girl's stomach after eating liquid nitrogen paan.

Photo : Times Now
Bengaluru: The flavours of paan have been expanding recently. From ice paan to fire paan, this mouth refresher has intrigued many, especially the younger generation. However, a seemingly fun experience with liquid nitrogen paan turned into a nightmare for a 12-year-old girl and her family when she developed severe stomach pain at the end of April.
The girl was rushed to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with perforation peritonitis—a serious condition where a hole forms in the stomach. "I just wanted to try the smoky paan because it looked interesting, and everyone else was trying it too. No one else felt any pain, but the discomfort I experienced was terrifying," she recalled.
At Narayana Multispeciality Hospital in HSR Layout, doctors decided that surgery was necessary to prevent further complications. The girl underwent an exploratory laparotomy with intra-op OGD scopy and sleeve gastrectomy. "Intra-op OGD scopy is a procedure where an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera and light, is used during surgery to examine the oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine," explained Dr. Vijay HS, the lead surgeon in a TOI report.
During the surgery, a portion of her stomach, measuring about 4x5 cm, was removed. She was discharged after six days.
The incident has raised alarms among medical practitioners. "As the popularity of liquid nitrogen in food grows, it’s crucial for people to be careful and prioritise safety. Increased awareness is essential to avoid potentially serious consequences," said Dr. Vijay.
He also referenced a 2017 case in Gurugram where a person suffered injuries after drinking a cocktail infused with liquid nitrogen. "We must take these isolated incidents seriously before they become a pattern," he added.

Is Liquid Nitrogen Harmful?

Liquid nitrogen, with a liquid-to-gas expansion ratio of 1:694 at 20 degrees Celsius, poses significant health risks. The rapid vaporisation of liquid nitrogen in an enclosed space generates immense force. This volatile chemical can damage the skin and present severe health hazards to chefs and food handlers. Inhaling the vapours can lead to breathing difficulties, and there have been reports of tissue damage due to the hazardous nature of liquid nitrogen.
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