Researchers find previously unknown glands in human head, apparently missed for centuries

Researchers find previously unknown glands in human head, apparently missed for centuries
The tubarial glands. (The Netherlands Cancer Institute).

[Ed. – A rather sizable set of salivary glands, it appears.  They seem to think it’s been there for a long time and we just haven’t known about it.  That’s 2020 for you.]

Medical researchers have made a surprise anatomical discovery, finding what looks to be a mysterious set of salivary glands hidden inside the human head – which somehow have been missed by scientists for centuries up until now.

This “unknown entity” was identified by accident by doctors in the Netherlands, who were examining prostate cancer patients with an advanced type of scan called PSMA PET/CT. When paired with injections of radioactive glucose, this diagnostic tool highlights tumours in the body.

In this case, however, it showed up something else entirely, nestled in the rear of the nasopharynx, and quite the long-time lurker.

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