Lipofuscin is a brownish pigment left over from the breakdown and absorption of damaged blood cells.
Lipofuscin is found in heart muscle and smooth muscles and is also called the aging pigment.
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Lipofuscin - illustration
The pigment left over from the breakdown and digestion of damaged blood cells is called lipofuscin. It can be found in the heart and in smooth muscle.
Review Date: 1/31/2015
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, medical director and director of didactic curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.