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Scientists Find Previously Undiscovered Body Part

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As unlikely as it sounds, surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered a part of the human anatomy that was previously unknown.

This entirely new part of the human body is a ligament in the knee. The ligament is related to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is commonly torn by athletes who suffer from sports injuries of the leg.

The name for the newly discovered ligament is the anterolateral ligment. The two surgeons discovered is when they were using macroscopic dissection techniques on the knee.

Doctors began investigating possible causes for certain ACL-tear complications after rehabilitation for the injury.

While trying to research what they were observing, the surgeons came across an obscure paper penned back in 1879. It hypothesized the existence of a previously unknown ligament near the ACL in the knee.

Dr Claes and Dr Bellemans from the University Hospitals Leuven located the ligament in 97% of all patients.

Strangely, however, there are some who are devoid of this facet of the human anatomy.

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