While performing endoscopies — a non-surgical procedure where a small camera attached to a tube is used to examine the gastrointestinal tract — scientists came across what they now call the “interstitium.” The organ is a “previously unappreciated fluid-filled interstitial space, draining to lymph nodes and supported by a complex network of thick collagen bundles,” according to the study’s authors.
The interstitium protects the body’s organs, muscles and more from “bumps and shocks,” according to Newsweek. Since the interstitium helps move fluid around the body, it may also be a way that cancer spreads and moves into a person’s lymphatic system.
If the broader scientific community accepts their findings, the interstitium could become the body’s official 80th organ, according to Newsweek.
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