Non-neoplastic or metabolic disease
Black cartilage

Author: Dariusz Borys, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 3 October 2016, last major update June 2012

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Definition / General
Cite this page: Black cartilage. website. Accessed October 23rd, 2016.
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)