Bone
Non-neoplastic or metabolic disease
Black cartilage



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Revised: 27 December 2018

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Definition / general
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Definition / general
  • May be caused by therapy with levodopa or methyldopa
  • Pigment occurs in rib cartilage, rarely in intervertebral disks
  • Harmless but irreversible (Arch Pathol Lab Med 1994;118:531)