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Nasal Cannula


A nasal cannula is a flexible plastic tube that has a set of two prongs that can be placed in the nostrils. The tube is connected to an oxygen source.

Oxygen passes through the tube, through the openings in the prongs, and into the nostrils.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Last RevisedApril 27, 2011

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