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Teen hospitalized after swigging nitrogen drink

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Gaby Scanlon had part of her stomach removed after drinking cocktail containing liquid nitrogen in Lancaster, Britain. (Rex/AP Photo) Gaby Scanlon had part of her stomach removed after drinking cocktail containing liquid nitrogen in Lancaster, Britain. (Rex/AP Photo)

LONDON (AP) - Authorities say a British teen has had her stomach removed after she ingested a cocktail prepared with liquid nitrogen, an exotic ingredient often used by bartenders to add a touch of drama to their drinks.

British media say 18-year-old Gaby Scanlon was out with her friends Thursday night in the northern England city of Lancaster when she was hospitalized after having a drink prepared with liquid nitrogen, a super-cooled version of the harmless gas.

Liquid nitrogen evaporates rapidly at room temperature, creating a cauldron effect as water condenses around the glass.

It's not clear how exactly Scanlon managed to ingest the liquid - local police have said they're investigating - but public health officials say it's time to take a second look at its use in bars.

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