Just when we thought we knew everything about the human body, a new organ was discovered. It was found hiding in plain sight inside the human body.
This organ is known as “mesentery” that was previously mistaken as a few fragmented structures in the digestive system.
Now scientists have concluded that it is one continuous organ!
Italian polymath Leanardo da Vinci had described it in 1508, but it was ignored throughout the centuries, until now
Even though there are generally considered to be five organs in the human body, there are now 79, including the mesentery.
Even though its function is still not clear, the discovery has opened up a whole new area of science. They have established the anatomy and also the structure of that organ. Now only the function of it is unknown. Once the function is known, its abnormalities and the probable disease, as well as the cure, can be searched.
This research was published in The Lancet medical journal. This organ is now taught as a distinct organ for medical students. The world’s most famous medical textbook, Gray’s Anatomy, has been updated, which includes the new definition for mesentery.
Scientist and Medical students are now researching on what role does mesentery play in case of abdominal diseases. This might lead to lead to a new cure for the diseases.
This organ is a double fold of peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity), which holds the intestine to the wall of the abdomen.
Although the heart, brain, liver, lungs, and kidneys are the vital organs, 74 others play a role in keeping us healthy.