Nasal deformities resulting from flow driver continuous positive airway pressure

N J Robertson, L S McCarthy, P A Hamilton, A L Moss

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Abstract / Description of output

Over a period of six months, seven cases were documented of trauma to the nose as a result of flow driver continuous positive airway pressure in babies of very low birthweight (VLBW). There was a complication rate of 20% in the babies who required it. Deformities consisted of columella nasi necrosis which can occur within three days, flaring of nostrils which worsens with duration of continuous positive airway pressure, and snubbing of the nose which persists after prolonged continuous positive airway pressure. These complications should be preventable by modifications to the mechanism and method of use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)F209-12
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight
  • Nasal Septum/injuries
  • Necrosis
  • Nose Deformities, Acquired/etiology
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration/adverse effects
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn/therapy


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