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Old July 21st, 2017, 11:14 AM
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Cocktail/Smoky drink leaves man with hole in stomach - He was rushed to a hospital where the doctors discovered a big opening in the stomach.

Cocktail/Smoky drink leaves man with hole in stomach - He was rushed to a hospital where the doctors discovered a big opening in the stomach.



A drink at the end of a tiring day turned into a nightmare for a Delhi resident who was left with a 90mm hole in his stomach after gulping down a liquid nitrogen based cocktail.

The victim ordered a few rounds of drinks and some food at a bar in Gurgaon but began to feel uncomfortable after consuming it. Assuming that he had acidity, the bartender suggested a tempting cold cocktail with smoke emanating from it. The man gulped it down and was writhing in pain in no time.

He was rushed to a hospital where the doctors discovered a big opening in the stomach.

“For patients with chronic acid problems, we can see perforations of 1-2 mm diameter. For him, it was a 90mm hole. The stomach was open like a book,” Amit Deepta Goswami, a consultant doctor at Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurugram, told DH.

The damage was caused by liquid nitrogen which was added to the drink to quickly cool it down and make it look attractive.

“While small perforations can be sewed up, it was not possible in this case. Almost 45% of the stomach was removed and the rest was connected to the small intestine,” Goswami said. The cocktail substantially damaged the nearby tissues as well.

The incident occurred in April and the patient is doing fine at the moment. He has since quit alcohol.

Liquid nitrogen has a boiling point of -195.8 degrees Celsius and is used to instantly freeze food and beverages. The colourless liquid is also used to cool computers and in cryogenic medical procedures. When used to freeze beverages, it should only be consumed after the nitrogen has completely evaporated.

Unfortunately, the victim did not wait for the smoke to evaporate.

Goswami said it was a rare case as the only other case known to him took place in the UK where an 18-year-old girl ended up in a hospital after celebrating her birthday at a bar.

Liquid nitrogen is permitted as an additive in frozen food as per the guidelines of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). But when it comes to the use of liquid nitrogen it is a grey area.

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Cocktail leaves Delhi man with hole in stomach: How safe is liquid nitrogen?




It gives your drink a ‘cauldron’ look and your ice-cream an instant magical freeze.

From cold chaats to freeze-dried fruits molecular gastronomy chefs use liquid nitrogen to create such dramatic treats. Not many, however, know that it could be potentially dangerous.

One such nitrogen-chilled cocktail left a Delhi man with a hole in his stomach. He was rushed to a hospital emergency and underwent a major surgery where the damaged parts of his stomach had to be removed and attached to the small intestines.

However, this was not an isolated case. Instances of people ending up in a hospital after consuming liquid nitrogen have been reported from the United Kingdom too. In 2012, an 18-year-old British teenager underwent an emergency gastrectomy after drinking a Jagermeister cocktail.

Here is all you need to know about it:

What is liquid nitrogen?

It is nothing but cooled, liquefied form of nitrogen gas. It is so cold that its boiling point is -195.8 degree Celsius. It can instantly freeze anything that it comes in contact with while evaporating.

Is liquid nitrogen safe?

Liquid nitrogen is often used to instantly freeze foods and is safe when handled properly. “Any food that uses liquid nitrogen should be had after all the gas has completely evaporated,” said Dr Saurabh Arora, foodsafetyhelpline.com, a website which helps people understand the rules and regulations governing food safety. He also heads food testing laboratories in Delhi, Baddi and Bangalore.

“The drink should not be bubbling when a person consumes it, as this indicates that there is still nitrogen gas in it. The white smoke-like vapour, however, is no problem as it forms due to the moisture around after the gas has evaporated and cooled the drink around,” he added.


What happens if you consume liquid nitrogen?
Liquid nitrogen is a colourless liquid and though it is used by chefs to create instant freeze, it cannot be seen as a food item. “Liquid nitrogen is so cold that it can give instant frostbite and when ingested it can damage tissues in the oesophagus and the stomach,” said Dr Mriganka S Sharma, surgeon at Columbia Asia hospital.

It also has a large expansion ratio of 1:694 at 20 degree Celsius. This means that one litre of liquid nitrogen can expand to 694 litres of nitrogen gas at 20 degree Celsius . “As little as one spoon of liquid can expand to more than 600 spoons of gas. Once consumed, the gas does not have an escape route and this can lead to a perforation or a hole in the stomach,” said Dr Amit Deepta Goswami, who treated the Delhi man and a consultant of bariatric and minimal invasive surgery at Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.

Are there regulations governing the use of liquid nitrogen?
Liquid nitrogen is permitted as an additive in frozen food as per the guidelines of the national regulatory body Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). “However, when it comes to the use of liquid nitrogen it is a gray area. There is no clear-cut guideline for it and generally it is considered to be a novel technique, which can be used by food business operators,” said Dr Arora.

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Re: Cocktail/Smoky drink leaves man with hole in stomach - He was rushed to a hospital where the doctors discovered a big opening in the stomach.

Stick to beer or plain whiskey/ scotch with ice. No such complications then.
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Re: Cocktail/Smoky drink leaves man with hole in stomach - He was rushed to a hospital where the doctors discovered a big opening in the stomach.

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