What are intravenous fat emulsions?

Intravenous fat emulsions are liquid solutions containing measured doses of fats that are injected into your vein. For example, the intravenous fat emulsion Liposyn III contains soybean oil, glycerin and ingredients derived from eggs. Liposyn III, which is available by prescription in three different strengths and administered by a medical professional, is used to treat adults and children who are unable to get enough fat in their diets (due to illness, for example). Though consuming too much fat is unhealthy, the human body needs a certain amount of fat to maintain energy and support various functions.

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