Tubarial Salivary Glands: Potential new organ in the human throat

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Tubarial Salivary Glands: Potential new organ in the human throat

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In news

  • Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered a potential new organ in the human throat. 
  • The discovery was made while carrying out research on prostate cancer.
  • Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute have identified a set of salivary glands deep in the upper part of the throat and have named them “tubarial salivary glands”.
  • The discovery may be important for cancer treatment. 
  • Till now, this nasopharynx region (behind the nose) was thought to host only microscopic, diffuse, salivary glands.
  • However, the newly discovered glands are about 1.5 inches (3.9 centimeters) in length on average. 
  • Location: These are located over a piece of cartilage called the torus tubarius.
  • Function: The glands probably lubricate and moisten the upper throat behind the nose and mouth.

Do you know? 

  • Till now, there were three known large salivary glands in humans: one under the tongue, one under the jaw and one at the back of the jaw, behind the cheek.

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