Colon nontumor
Nonneoplastic, noncongenital lesions
Brown bowel

Topic Completed: 1 August 2013

Revised: 11 January 2019, last major update August 2013

Copyright: (c) 2003-2017,, Inc.

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Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Also called ceroidosis (ceroid: a yellowish brown insoluble polymer composed of protein and oxidized lipid) or lipofuscinosis
  • Do not confuse with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis
Case reports
  • Vitamin E administration, resection of affected bowel
Gross description
  • Dark brown or orangeish brown discoloration of bowel wall, which is often dilated
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Deposits of granular, light brown, lipofuscin-like material in muscularis propria or muscularis mucosae; typically no other intestinal findings
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Lipofuscin (ceroid) pigment:

Smooth muscle of vas deferens

Smooth muscle of jejunum

Submucosal blood vessel

PAS highlights lipofuscin in esophageal wall

Deposition of pigment in the colon wall, contributed by Dr. Arvind Rishi

Positive stains
Electron microscopy description
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