Scientists discover new organ in human body

Scientists have discovered a new organ in the human body and we don't want to look in the mirror ever again

Scientists have discovered a new organ in the human body and we don't want to look in the mirror ever again

It may be the body's largest organ.

This is the second time in as many years humans have learned details about a new organ. It is almost everywhere and is found "surrounding arteries and veins, encasing the fibrous tissue between muscles, and lining our digestive tracts, lungs, and urinary systems".

Layers of the body long believed to be dense, connective tissues are actually interconnected, fluid-filled compartments, the scientists report in a new study. The interstitium is found below the skin's surface, lining and surrounding organs, and is wrapped around arteries, veins and the fascia between muscles.

The study findings are based on newer technology called probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy, which combines the slender camera-toting probe traditionally snaked down the throat to view the insides of organs (an endoscope) with a laser that lights up tissues, and sensors that analyze the reflected fluorescent patterns.

According to researchers, the new organ looks like a mesh. Interstitium also contains lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells, which plays a large role in your body's immune response.

Researchers think the interstitium generally acts like a shock absorber for body tissue during daily functions.

It allowed them to examine living tissues on the microscopic level without the fluids drying out.

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However, the fixing process causes fluid loss and collapse of the previously fluid-filled compartments, the researchers explained.

"This finding has potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine", says Theise. The interstitium is being defined as an "organ" since it has a unified structure and function. That could help researchers decide if it really is an organ, since organs usually serve at least one specific objective. The amount of fluid moving throughout the compartments could also help explain how water in the body is dispersed.

The fluid-filled sacs throughout this tissue could help interstitial fluid travel throughout the body.

It may be an important part of a sudden swelling called edema.

"The direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool", Theise added in an NYU news release. "We have a new window on the mechanism of tumor spread".

Our bodies are full of dozens of organs, all performing unique and specialized tasks.

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