My daughter is on tpn like i said her feedings are on and off. Have you heard of omegaven? the new lipid that is being used in only some hospitals? Boston uses it the most, I am thinking about getting my daughter to use that since It seems like she will be on tpn for a while. What are your thoughts on omegaven?
Omegavan is a lipid solution (fat containing solution) that is not currently available in the United States unless the medical institution files for specific exemptions for its use. It is not used in enteral feeding (food given via the intestine), and does not specifically affect absorption by the intestine or intestinal growth. It is not a "new" lipid, as it has been on the market in Europe for some time.
As you have noted, some institutions believe that Omegavan has beneficial properties that exceed the benefits of other lipid formulations. Although there have been interesting clinical reports as well as animal experiments, there has not yet been a large randomized controlled trial to study the benefits/side effects of Omegavan in newborn infants.
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