Scientists from the University of Limerick discovered that the mesentery should be categorized as a new human organ. A new article which was recently published in The Lancet gastroenterology and hepatology magazine revealed that this double-layered sheet of abdominal connective tissue was classified as being an organ.
After scientists had developed extensive research, they managed to unveil that the mesentery has a significant role in several gut illnesses. What is more, if they continue further investigations, they may discover crucial information on how could they treat any gut diseases. Irish scientists think that this new human organ has been ignored for a long time because many medical textbooks described it as being a disjointed ribbon.
J. Calvin Coffey, the author of this study and also a surgeon, stated that the anatomic description used for at least a hundred years for this organ was totally incorrect. This body is anything but complex and fragmented. The mesentery is a continuous structure. He also noted that since the publishing of that scientific article back in November, he studied it and now he knows that due to this organ, scientists are now able to find more data about how to categorize several abdominal illnesses regarding the mesentery.
Up to this point, researchers have established the structure and the anatomy of this organ. Their next goal is to determine its function. Coffey claimed that if they identify the role of this organ, they will also be able to determine the abnormal function, also determining the future diseases which could occur.
All these data gathered together to give us the field of mesenteric science. Students in the medical schools are already being taught about this new organ. Nevertheless, Coffey is not sure who or what institution is to decide that this is officially an organ. The new organ was proved to work as a belt, keeping intestines in place. The organ begins at the pancreas, surrounding the small and large intestines. The mesentery is bound to secure the structure of intestines.
Coffey stated this organ plays a crucial role in the human body since we are unable to live without it. As far as he knows, there never existed a human who lacked this organ. The discovery of this organ brings hope to the field of medicine which might be now able to analyze and treat incurable digestive illnesses.
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