Scientists have worked on categorizing the intestinal feature mesentery as an entirely separate organ as the structure have shown by close examination that it is a continuous and separate structure.
Scientists have taken the approach of doing careful examinations of the structures of the human body like their astronomy counterparts do to the celestial bodies in space - study them as closely as they can.
Like how the scientists have looked at the structures of the digestive system, specifically in the intestine, they discovered that the structure might not just be a feature between the intestine and the abdomen but an organ in itself.
The mesentery is the double fold of the peritoneum that attaches the intestines to the wall of the abdomen.
Scientists from the University Hospital Limerick in Ireland published a review of this claim and new evidence at The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
In the the paper the scientists acknowledged the mesentery as a new organ.
Having a better understanding and further scientific studies on mesentery will help in providing less invasive surgeries to the patient which may result to lesser complications, faster patient recovery and lower overall costs.
“When we approach it like every other organ, we can categorize abdominal disease in terms of this organ,” explained Professor J Calvin Coffey of UHL who worked on this research.
“Now we have established anatomy and the structure. The next step is the function.”
“The anatomic description that had been laid down over 100 years of anatomy was incorrect.”
“This organ is far from fragmented and complex. It is simply one continuous structure.”
The scientists and this study called on for an update for this new information in the influential medical book Gray’s Anatomy,
which has been updated numerous times since its publication in 1858. The book is in its latest update at its 41st edition last 2015.