New Human ‘Organ’ Was Hiding in Plain Sight.
According to New Scientist, routine endoscopies (procedures involving looking inside the body) studying bile duct tissue revealed unusual fluid channels running throughout the body, seemingly as part of a network.
This research was passed onto NYU School of Medicine Pathologist Neil Theise, who conducted further study and found the same fluid channels under the skin of his nose.
Theise believes that these networks of fluid channels could exist on every tissue in the body, consequentially constituting an organ itself.
Theise’s team believes that the fluid channels function as mobile “shock absorbers” and contain “a fifth of the total fluid volume of the human body”.
This supposed organ was unseen due to previous endoscopy equipment tampering with the structure of the networks, causing the organ to “appear like a hard wall of dense protective tissue, instead of a fluid-filled cushion”.
It is also thought that the network aids the spread of cancer, providing what Theise is calling a “water slide” for cancer cells to the lymphatic system from the tissues they originated in.
It is hoped that by studying the fluid channels, doctors will be able to diagnose cancer earlier.