Mobile phone-triggered thermal burns in the presence of supplemental oxygen

J Burn Care Res. Mar-Apr 2007;28(2):348-50. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0B013E318031A28F.


In this case report, we present a patient who used a nasal cannula for oxygen supplementation and suffered deep, second-degree burns to his nose and left leg when an electrical spark shot out of the cable's connection socket while the cellular phone was ringing and the cable was, simultaneously, being disconnected from the socket. The cellular phone, a device commonly thought by many people to be both useful and safe, thus has the potential to serve as a heat source that might ignite and cause burns.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Burns, Electric / etiology*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nose / injuries
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy