During the research, the scientists examined at least 100 patients in order to confirm their findings. Interestingly, all the patients had the glands
Did you know an organ may be lurking in your throat without your knowledge?
Scientists in the Netherlands, who were researching prostate cancer, said they may have discovered a potential new organ in the human throat
While carrying out the study, the scientists stumbled upon a newly-found set of salivary glands that are most likely used for lubricating the upper parts of the throat. The findings of the study by researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NCI) were recently publised in the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology.
According to the research, the human throat contains bilateral salivary glands called ‘tunarial glands’, which were ‘previously overlooked’.
During the research, the scientists examined at least 100 patients in order to confirm their findings. Interestingly, all of the patients had the glands
A Sky News reports said the new glands were found when scientists were scanning for prostate cancer cells using a combination of CT scans and positron emission tomography (PET) scans.
“People have three sets of large salivary glands, but not there. As far as we knew, the only salivary or mucous glands in the nasopharynx are microscopically small, and up to 1000 are evenly spread out throughout the mucosa. So, imagine our surprise when we found these,” said Lead radiation oncologist Wouter Vogel.
“Our next step is to find out how we can best spare these new glands and in which patients. If we can do this, patients may experience less side effects, which will benefit their overall quality of life after treatment,” he added.