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Lipofuscin

 

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.

 

References

Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC. Cellular responses to stress and toxic insults: Adaptation, injury, and death. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 2.

 
  • Lipofuscin

    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.

    Lipofuscin

    illustration

    • Lipofuscin

      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.

      Lipofuscin

      illustration


     

    Review Date: 1/31/2015

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