Airway obstruction in two extremely low birthweight infants treated with oxygen cannulas

J Perinatol. 2003 Mar;23(2):164-5. doi: 10.1038/


Two extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infants developed airway obstruction while being treated with oxygen cannulas. We have previously shown that nasal mucosal injury from use of oxygen cannulas in ELBW infants increases nasal secretions and bleeding. Airway patency may be compromised when ELBW infants are treated with oxygen cannulas.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
  • Oxygen / administration & dosage
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / therapy*


  • Oxygen