Stains
Lipochrome (lipofuscin) pigments


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Definition / general
  • Breakdown products within cells from oxidation of lipids and lipoproteins
  • Also called “wear and tear” pigments in heart, liver, CNS, adrenal cortex (zona reticularis), testis interstitium and seminal vesicle
  • Stains with Sudan black B, long Ziehl-Neelson acid fast, Schmorl methods
  • Lipochrome may have strong orange autofluorescence in formalin-fixed, unstained paraffin sections
Microscopic (histologic) images

Hepatocytes

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