Scientists at the Dutch Cancer Institute have discovered a new organ in the upper part of the neck. According to Livescience.com, when scientists combined a CT scan and a positron emission tomography (PET) scan called PSMA PET to study prostate cancer, a new organ, a collection of salivary glands, was discovered in the upper throat. -CT.
The findings were published in the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology. Researchers said they studied about 100 patients and confirmed the presence of sweat glands.
Wouter Vogel, research co-author and radiation oncologist at the Dutch Cancer Institute, told Livescience.com that the discovery of new organs will play an important role in cancer treatment.
Until now, this nasopharyngeal area was thought to contain fine, diffuse salivary glands, but the new organs average about 1.5 inches (3.9 cm) long.
The new glands were named the tubarial salivary glands because researchers believe that the glands lubricate and moisten the upper throat behind the nose and mouth.
Vogel said that prior to this discovery, there were three large salivary glands known to humans. One under the tongue, one under the chin, the other behind the chin and behind the cheeks. In a statement, Wouter Vogel said, “Besides, there will be a thousand microscopic salivary glands scattered throughout the mucous membrane of the throat and mouth.”
“So imagine our surprise when we discover this,” he added.
“Patients may have difficulty eating, swallowing, or speaking, which can be a real burden. Our next step is to find the patient and the best way to save these new glands. If you can do this, the patient may experience less side effects. , This will help your overall quality of life after treatment. “” said Vogel.