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As impossible as it may seem, two surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered an entirely new part of the human body. It is a ligament in the knee and it appears to play a role in patients suffering from a tear in their anterior -->

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:36 am
Photo Credit: University Hospitals Leuven

As impossible as it may seem, two surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered an entirely new part of the human body. It is a ligament in the knee and it appears to play a role in patients suffering from a tear in their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a common sports injury.

Named the anterolateral ligment, it was discovered using macroscopic dissection techniques after the doctors began investigating possible causes for complications after rehabilitation for ACL. They came across a paper written in 1879 that hypothesized the existence of a previously unknown ligament in the knee. The author of the paper turned out to be correct; Dr Claes and Dr Bellemans managed to locate the ligament and claim it can be found in 97% of all patients. Further research found that the pivot shift, a common complication after ACL rehabilitation, is caused by a tear in the ALL ligament.

The last time a new human body part was discovered was June 2013. Although just microscopic layer in the human cornea, its discovery made eye surgery simpler and safer.

We have a tendency to believe we know everything there is to know about the anatomy of our bodies - after all, we've been studying them in great detail for hundreds of years. These discoveries prove there's always more to learn, and every new piece of information helps patients and doctors.


Mike H (252)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:39 am
Interesting thanks for posting

Julie E (405)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:45 am
I have had 4 knee surgeries, two on each knee. I need surgery again on both, or not as they both have lots of scar tissue. I am in pain daily. Someone on fb mentioned her debilitating headaches. I'd rather have knee pain. I am thankful that I can walk.

This is crazy how this is just being found out. Thank you Kit.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 10:18 am
You do realize that you have just invented a new football injury, right?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 12:06 pm

I think this is an old football/athletic injury with some new information.

JL A (281)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 5:02 pm
Yet another reminder that medicine is still both an art and a science

Shailja Mukhtyar (90)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:13 pm
not new anatomy, just furnishing proof of what is, has been, & will always be

Athena F (131)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:19 pm
interesting, thanks

Bianca D (87)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:45 pm
Wow. I know a few people with ACL problems that will be interested in this. Thanks Kit!

Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 7:15 pm
Very interesting ty so much kit! Never too old to learn something new:) What will they find next? :)

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 7:18 pm
This is very interesting to note Kit---I hope this can bring about some positive effects, now that it has been identified.~~TY so much!!!!!!~~~

Vivian B (169)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 7:42 pm
This is great. Maybe, my son can use this info with his knee. He keeps having problems with his and maybe this can explain some of it!
Thanks, Kit!

Shawna S (45)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:31 pm
Well, how cool is that??
Thanks Kit :")

Victoria Oakey (124)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 11:19 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Giana P (398)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 12:36 am
I wonder what they will continue to discover in the future, with all the new technology. Still, the human is much more than the sum of their body parts! Thanks Kit.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:21 am

. (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:08 am
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

Joanna W (71)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:10 am
wooow !!!!!! that is crazy !!

Kathleen R (138)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 12:37 pm
Very interesting ... thanks Kit.

. (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:14 pm
thanks kit for your eagle eyes

Birgit W (160)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:29 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:36 pm
The NFL will appreciate this.

Vita P (40)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:36 pm
Thank you for sharing this.

Jeanne R (1203)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:57 pm

Gloria H (88)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:59 pm
body part found to be missing in Republicans- it's called a heart

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:40 pm
Noted. Thanks for the great info, Kit!
I had knee surgery several years ago, and was told I'd probably need it again at some point. So far, so good. But, if it becomes necessary, it's really nice to know that there's more info and perhaps will be unnecessary more than once.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:46 pm
I love anything medical. Thanks for this article.

Gail Ring (89)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:38 pm
Thanks for sharing..

reft h (66)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 10:48 pm
how could they not know? kind of strange.

Debra G (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:55 pm
And what do the other 3% have if not the ALL?

Helen Porter (39)
Friday November 8, 2013, 4:22 am
I twisted my knee and it hurt! So I massaged it back into place. Then began exercising it gently then got to walking. Breathed a prayer to Creator, and there was no more pain in the twisted knee.

I say, no one knows the body like the one who lives in it.

Doctors don't make money off of well patients. lol

Karen Chestney (112)
Saturday November 9, 2013, 3:52 am
thank-you for this article. Man is a learning animal ! Problem solving and curiosity the prevaricators.......We think therefore we least some of us do.....(we won't count teabaggers)

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 3:25 pm
Will wonders never cease! Doctors and scientists are human and as such make mistakes. In short, they are not Gods. Thank you for the fascinating news. I have always been fascinated by science.
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