Scientists in Ireland have classified a brand-new organ inside human body, one that has been hiding in plain sight in our digestive system, proving the anatomic description laid down over 100 years of anatomy as incorrect. The mesentery, which connects the intestine to the abdomen, had for hundreds of years been considered a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts.
Researchers hope that the reclassification will aid better understanding and treatment of abdominal and digestive diseases.
New research by J Calvin Coffey, Professor of Surgery at University of Limerick, Ireland, describes the mesentery as one, continuous structure. In a review published in the journal The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Coffey outlined the evidence for categorising the mesentery as an organ.
According to Coffey, mesenteric science is its own specific field of medical study in the same way as gastroenterology, neurology and coloproctology. “This is relevant universally as it affects all of us. Up to now there was no such field as mesenteric science. Now we have established anatomy and the structure. The next step is the function. “During the initial research, we noticed that the mesentery was one continuous organ. Up to that it was regarded as fragmented, present here, absent elsewhere and a very complex structure. But, this organ is far from fragmented and complex. It is simply one continuous structure,” Coffey said. -PTI
Source: DNA-5th January,2017