Non-neoplastic or metabolic disease
Black cartilage

Topic Completed: 1 June 2012

Revised: 27 December 2018

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PubMed Search: Black cartilage[title]

Dariusz Borys, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Borys D Black cartilage. website. Accessed May 29th, 2020.
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)
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