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NEW ORGAN SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED IN THE THROAT

NEW ORGAN SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED IN THE THROAT

Context

Scientists at the Netherlands Cancer Institute have discovered a new organ in the upper part of the throat.

Details

  • The new organ, which is a set of salivary glands, was discovered in the upper part of the throat when scientists were studying prostate cancer using a combination of CT scans and positron emission tomography (PET) scans called PSMA PET-CT.
  • The findings of the study were published in the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology.
  • The researchers have named the new glands as tubarial salivary glands because they believe that the glands probably lubricate and moisten the upper throat behind the nose and mouth.
  • The discovery of a new organ would play an important role in the treatment of cancer.
  • Until now, it was believed that this nasopharynx region hosted microscopic, diffuse, salivary glands, but, the new organ is about 1.5 inches (3.9 centimetres) in length on average.

About Salivary glands

  • The salivary glands in mammals are exocrine glands that produce saliva through a system of ducts.
  • Humans have three paired major salivary glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublingual) as well as hundreds of minor salivary glands.
  • Salivary glands can be classified as serous, mucous or seromucous

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