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Scientists Discover New Set Of Glands

BP World Bureau | Oct 22 2020 01:25:32 PM
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Scientists discovered an unknown set of salivary glands in the upper part of the throat which is also regarded as the first set of major glands to be found in the human body in 300 years.

The new set of glands are about 1.5 inches on average and lie in the nasopharyngeal region, behind the nose and above the throat. This also paves the way for techniques that could improve the quality of life for people who receive radiation therapy for cancer found in that region. 

Therefore, scientists noted that sparing these glands in radiotherapy could help reduce the difficulty in salivation and swallowing, in the paper published in the open-access journal, Radiotherapy and Oncology.