What was previously thought to be just a fold of tissues joining the intestines to the wall of or abdomen, is now, discovered to be a continuous organ and is named as “Mesentery”.
Researchers have substantiated this discovery in the medical journal, Lancet: Gastroenterology and Hepatology which tells that Mesentery is a double fold of peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal cavity.
J.Calvin Coffey, a researcher from the University Hospital Limerick in Ireland, who made the discovery initially said, “In the paper, which has been peer reviewed and assessed, we are now saying we have an organ in the body which hasn’t been acknowledged as such to date”.
Gray’s Anatomy, the world’s most renowned book on Human Anatomy, has been updated to include Mesentery in the list of all the organs in our body.
The function is this organ in our body is still to be deciphered.
Professor Coffey said “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. If you understand the function, you can identify abnormal function, and then you have the disease. Put them all together, and you have the field of mesenteric science…the basis for a whole new area of science.”
When this organ is completely analyzed, it will unlock the doors to understanding abdominal diseases better.
Until then, remember you’ve 79 organs and not 78.