Interstitium, a fluid-filled space organ is said to be found throughout the body- surrounding the arteries, the muscles and the urinary and digestive tracts. According to the scientists, this previously unknown network fluid-filled channels seem to aid the transportation of cancer cells in the body.
A team of endoscopists who worked at Mount Sinai Bethe Israel Medical Centre, New York were carrying out an investigation on a patient’s bile duct for the possible signs of cancer. These doctors used a newly developed technique- confocal laser endomicroscopy which allows doctors to examine closely living tissues in the human body.
This discovery came by chance. Routine endoscopies is a procedure that encompasses the insertion of a thin camera into a patient’s gastrointestinal tract. The newer approaches in medicine assist doctors to use this procedure so as to get a microscopic look at the tissue inside the gut of the patient.
What the two doctors discovered was quite surprising- a series of interconnected cavities in a thin layer of tissue, not known in human anatomy.
It came to the attention of Professor Neil Theise, Department of Pathology at New York University School of Medicine. Without wasting time, Theise used the endomicroscopy device to investigate under the skin of his own nose. What he saw was no different result- it was similar.
Dr, Theise says that these channels act as shock absorbers. Theise also investigated that cancer cells can delve into these channels, thus leading them directly into the lymphatic system.
In the face of being discovered by chance, researchers conclude that it is one of the biggest human organs. They also believe that this new organ found in the human body could help diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases earlier than thought.