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Lipofuscin
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
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