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. It is also called the aging pigment.
Wear and tear pigment; Lipochrome
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Review Date 2/2/2023
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.