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Lipofuscin
Lipofuscin


Definition:

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.



Information:



References:

Jogerst GJ, Wilbur JK. Care of the elderly. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 7.




Review Date: 3/14/2009
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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