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Use of Omega-3 Fat Emulsion (Omegaven) in Infants With Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified October 2016 by Vanderbilt University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
William Walsh, Vanderbilt University Identifier:
First received: March 13, 2009
Last updated: October 31, 2016
Last verified: October 2016
Babies in the newborn intensive care unit who are dependent upon intravenous nutrition for a long period of time frequently develop liver damage. The fat used is called intralipid and is made from soybean oil. There is a suggestion in the literature that using fishoil based fats called omega-3 fat emulsions can decrease or even reverse this liver damage. We will offer babies with evidence of liver damage and no ability to eat,the Omegaven and see if the liver damage reverses.

Condition Intervention Phase
Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease
Drug: Omegaven
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Use of Omega-3 Fat Emulsion (Omegaven) in Infants With Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Vanderbilt University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Resolution of the direct hyperbilirubinemia [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: March 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment
All infants will receive Omegaven
Drug: Omegaven
1 gram/kg/day daily until on feeds

Detailed Description:
Babies in the newborn intensive care unit with evidence of liver damage from TPN, as indicated by a direct bilirubin of greater than 2.5 , and who will not be fed for at least another month will be offered the trial. they will be changed from the intralipid to Omegaven as the source of their fat. We will continue routine monitoring of their nutrition and liver function.

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 24 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Infants in the newborn intensive care unit
  • TPN cholestasis of at least 2.5 mg/dl
  • Anticipated TPN treatment for at least one month
  • signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Enrollment in another trial
  • Lack of consent
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00862446

United States, Tennessee
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at vanderbilt Recruiting
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
Contact: William F Walsh, MD    615-322-0545   
Principal Investigator: William F Walsh, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
  More Information

Responsible Party: William Walsh, Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Identifier: NCT00862446     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 080887
Study First Received: March 13, 2009
Last Updated: October 31, 2016

Keywords provided by Vanderbilt University:
Parenteral nutrition associate liver disease
TPN cholestasis
TPN Associated Liver Disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017