This will be one of the most surprising things you will be hearing today as man has made so much advancement in technology, science and medicine that it can be said that we know everything about the human body, except the secret of old age and life itself. There is an organ you never knew, and it has been in plain sight for as long as we can imagine.
The organ is known as mesentery, and until recently, this organ has been thought to be just a few fragmented structures in the digestive system. Well, it will interest you to know that the mesentery is actually one continuous organ.
The organ was discovered by J Calvin Coffey, a researcher at the University Hospital Limerick. No one presently knows the function of this organ, but it actually opens a new area of science, one that people should give attention to.
According to J Calvin Coffey: “when we approach it like other organs, we can categorize abdominal disease in terms of this organ. Now we have established anatomy and the structure. The next step is the function. If you understand the function you can identify the abnormal function and then you have disease. Put them all together and you have the field of mesenteric science.”
Following the reclassification of this as an organ, medical students are now being thought that it’s a distinct organ, and even Gray’s Anatomy, which has been the most famous medical textbook in the world has now been updated to reflect this new understanding.
This will no doubt open up the way for more investigation by students and researchers into what role the mesentery plays in abdominal disease, and it’s expected that this will lead to new and improved treatments.
The organ is more like a lining of the abdominal cavity, and it holds our intestine to the wall of the abdomen. The mesentery was first described by Leonardo da Vinci in 1508, but ever since then until now, it has been relegated as being without solid backing.