Researchers have discovered a completely new human organ, which they named “Interstitium”. Scientist believes that this organ may play a role in cancer. This discovery is happening exactly after an year after the discovery of organ number 79 Mesentery.
The organ “interstitium” is a mesh-like layer made up of collagen and fluid-filled compartments. The interstitium exists within connective tissue, beneath the skin. Earlier it was considered as a part of connective tissue. This organ surrounds several other organs and could be body’s largest organ, researchers said.
The interstitium may be functioning as a “shock absorber”, protecting other organs, muscles and vessels. It’s believed the organ may also help cancerous cells spread throughout the body.
A routine endoscopy performed by Dr David Carr-Locke and Dr Petros Benias while investigating a patient’s bile duct, searching for signs of cancer accidentally discovered this organ. They approached Neil Theise, a pathologist and team at New York University School of Medicine which led to finding of this new organ.
This new organ would allow scientists to develop new tests for cancer.
Read the original article: Structure and Distribution of an Unrecognized Interstitium in Human Tissues