Mesentery has just been advanced to the rank of an organ after science has long since treated it as being just a series of fragmented parts.
Everybody knows the basic five organs of the human body. The brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys are considered as being vital organs. However, most forget that there are a further 73 other organs.
From now on, there will be a further 74. Mesentery has been officially added as an organ of the human body, its 79th.
The reclassification is based on the work of a group of researchers. Back in 2012, what was previously considered as being a collection of fragments was determined to be a single structure.
Irish scientists from the University of Limerick took to studying the organ. They were led by Professor J Calvin Coffey. He is a University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School professor of surgery.
A study on the matter was released late last year. It was published in The Lancet journal. The study was titled as follows. “The mesentery: structure, function, and role in disease.”
The aforementioned Coffey went to offer details. “In the paper, we are now saying that we have an organ in the body which hasn’t been acknowledged as such to date.”
As it is, the mesentery is still a very much unknown organ. More research will have to be carried out. Researchers will turn to studying its functions and behavior.
According to Coffey, its reclassification will help open “a whole new area of science”. The current study deals with only a few of the organ’s properties.
As such, it offers information as to its anatomy. It also outlines its structure. The mesentery is located in the digestive system.
It was described as a double fold of peritoneum. This latter is a membrane that makes up the lining of the abdominal cavity. The mesenteric double fold helps attach intestines to the abdominal walls.
Future research will hopefully carry out more studies on the matter. They will study the mesentery’s behavior. As such, cases of abnormal functioning could also be determined.
Coffey stated that “When we approach it like every other organ… we can categorize abdominal disease in terms of the organ.”
More exactly, it could lead to the field of “mesenteric science”. The organ’s exact role can now be determined. Scientists are hoping that this might lead to new treatments.
These will be based on the updated functions of each part of the digestive system. It could lead to new abdominal diseases treatments.
According to reports, Gray’s Anatomy has already been updated. This is reported as being the most famous medical textbook in the world. Nowadays, it has been updated so as to include the new classification and definition.
Medical students will also be taught that the former structure is now an organ. The mesentery reclassification has reportedly caused quite some excitement in the medical community.
The action could be the base for a new surgical and scientific area. Besides doctors, patients would also be advantaged by the change.
A more organ-specific treatment could come to mean a less invasive treatment or therapy. It could also lead to fewer complications, or at least, better known ones. It might also mean lower costs. But even more importantly, it might mark a better patient treatment and a faster recovery time.
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