After many hundreds of years of science and medicine, and thinking we know every body part in the human body, I am amazed to hear that surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium have recently discovered a new body part.
The new body part is actually a ligament in the knee, called the anterolateral ligament. It’s not a terribly exciting new body part, but the discovery itself is. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.
According to ScienceDaily “the Anatomical Society praised the research as very refreshing and commended the researchers for reminding the medical world that, despite the emergence of advanced technology, our knowledge of the basic anatomy of the human body is not yet exhaustive.”
Pictured below is the newly discovered ligament. Take note, it’s not to be confused with this.