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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Impact of new-generation parenteral lipid emulsions in pediatric nutrition

item Abrams, Steven

Submitted to: Advances in Nutrition
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/21/2013
Publication Date: 9/1/2013
Citation: Abrams, S.A. 2013. Impact of new-generation parenteral lipid emulsions in pediatric nutrition. Advances in Nutrition. 4(5):518-520.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Advancements in the care of premature infants and infants with severe bowel disease have occurred in which long-term use of i.v. nutrition is a cornerstone of successful therapy. Concern about the role of i.v. lipid emulsions in causing severe liver damage to high-risk infants receiving long-term i.v. nutrition has led to a variety of intervention strategies. These have had relatively limited success until the recent introduction of omega-3 (n-3) fatty acid-containing forms of lipid emulsions in place of the current omega-6 fatty acid-predominant lipid emulsions currently exclusively used in the United States. Preliminary data based on nonrandomized trials performed using compassionate-use protocols in the United States suggest very high rates of resolution of cholestasis with the use of an omega-3 fatty acid-predominant lipid emulsion. This result is supported by animal models of liver disease that demonstrate decreased liver damage when animals are provided omega-3 fatty acid-containing lipid emulsions compared with those primarily omega-6 fatty acid based. However, human trials are limited at this time and further research is needed to establish the best approach to preventing liver damage in infants receiving i.v. nutrition and the optimal dose and timing of intervention with novel lipid emulsions.

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