Did you know that scientists have just published an article about a newly discovered human organ? The ‘largest organ in the human body’ is called the interstitium. It has been ‘hiding in plain sight’ up till now. So exactly what is it?
Layers long thought to be dense, connective tissue are actually a series of fluid-filled compartments researchers have termed the “interstitium”.
The interstitium lies beneath the skin – all over our body. It lines the gut, lungs, blood vessels, muscles, joining into a meshed network of strong and flexible proteins. Functioning as a compartmentalised shock absorber for example around major organs, it drains into the lymphatic system. It is closely connected to the body’s immune functioning. There is some thought that it may also be a way for cancer cells to be transported around the body. It contains about TEN LITRES of fluid.
One of the exciting things this discovery means is that it may be possible to use the interstitial fluid as a tool for diagnosing medical conditions. How amazing is that!
You can read the findings for yourself in Scientific Reports.
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