Levovist, an intravenous ultrasonic contrast agent developed by Schering AG in Germany, is a mixture of 99.9% galactose and 0.1% palmitic acid. It is supplied as white granules or powder in vials. At the time of use, the granules are mixed with sterile water and energetically shaken to form a milk-white suspension that can be intravenously administered.


Palmitic Acid Sterile Water Heat Sensation Cold Sensation Unusual Sensation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masatoshi Kudo
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  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterology and HepatologyKinki University School of MedicineOsakaJapan

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