Scientists Discover a New Organ in Human Digestive System (Download PDF)

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Researchers have recently discovered a new organ that was hidden in plain sight inside our digestive system this whole time. It is the human body’s 79th organ. It is known as the ‘Mesentery’, has been known for hundreds of years. The mesentery, the new organ is found in our digestive systems, and was long thought to be made up of fragmented, separate structures.

Human Digestive System

Human Digestive System

Human Digestive System

About Research

  • During the initial research, the researchers found that the mesentery, which connects the gut to the body, was one continuous organ.
  • Although the structure of the organ is known, its functions are not very well understood.
  • Studying the organ more closely could be the key to better treatment of various abdominal and digestive diseases.
  • The evidence of the organ’s new found status has been now published in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology journal.
  • The organ has been listed in the journal as one that had not been acknowledged up until now.
  • The organ is far from being fragmented and complex. It is, in fact, one continuous structure.
  • Gray’s Anatomy, the world’s best series of medical textbooks has been updated to include the new definition of the organ.
Mesentery - A New Organ Identified In Human Body

Mesentery - A New Organ Identified In Human Body

Mesentery - A New Organ Identified In Human Body

About Mesentery

  • Mesentery is a fold of the peritoneum which attaches the stomach, small intestine, pancreas, spleen, and other organs to the posterior wall of the abdomen.
  • It is the organ that keeps everything locked in place.
  • For centuries, it was ignored as an insignificant attachment in the abdominal structure

- Published/Last Modified on: January 7, 2017

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