Not that this new organ, a mighty membrane that twists and turns through the guts called the mesentery by researchers led by J. Calvin Coffey, a professor of surgery at the University of Limerick in Ireland, has been seen present in the digestive system only recently.
No, it has been there, but all along they thought of it as an insignificant fragmented and disparate structure that connects the intestine to the abdomen until they discovered that it is one continuous and complex organ.
According to the research the mesentery is a fold of tissue which generally attaches the intestines to the abdomen. The word, which is often used to refer to the small bowel tissue, acts as the bridge where the blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerves pass through the intestine. Other mesenteries, on the other hand, support the other organs of the digestive system, such as the colon and the appendix.
Now that the mesentery is classified as an organ, researchers hope that they will be able to understand its function more which will lead to a diagnosis of a more specific type of disease. This could also lead to a new field in science and medicine called mesenteric science.
The discovery has been published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
For better appreciation of the newly discovered organ, I am posting a video on the subject that is clearly explained in lay man’s term.