Scientists discover a new human organ: eustachian tube salivary gland

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 Scientists discover a new human organ: eustachian tube salivary gland


To confirm this latest finding, Vogels team scanned 100 patients (99 men, because they were studying prostate cancer) and found that all had the newly discovered gland. They also dissected the nasopharynx of the two donated bodies and found that the newly discovered body part consists of mucous gland tissue and ducts flowing into the nasopharynx.

Fogel said the discovery is important for cancer treatment. Doctors who treat cancer with radiation therapy in the head and neck can try to avoid irradiating this salivary gland, because destroying these glands may affect the patients quality of life. Patients may have trouble eating, swallowing or speaking.

But no one is aware of the presence of this eustachian salivary gland, so no one is trying to avoid exposure to the site. After studying medical records of more than 700 cancer patients treated at the University of Groningen medical center, the researchers found that the more radiation they received from this gland site, the more side effects they reported during the treatment.

Were going to look at how to better retain these new glands, and if we can do that, patients may face fewer side effects, which will help to provide their overall quality of life after treatment, Vogel said

When reading this article, I believe you cant help but imagine the appearance of this fresh gland behind your nose. It has always been there, and it has been ignored. In fact, there are many glands in the human body, some of which we are familiar with, such as the thyroid gland, the lacrimal gland and the digestive gland, but there are also glands that we have not noticed or named. Now, the discovery of new organs can make us more precise and careful in the treatment of diseases. In this way, there is still a long way to go for human beings to explore themselves.

Source: Peoples daily.com editor in charge: Geng Yuanyuan_ NJ5571