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A group of oncologists from the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam were conducting research to learn more about the cancers that can occur in the neck and head when they accidentally discover a new body organ.
The new discovery, called the tubarial glands, was found through radioactive glucose injected in patients. The chemical was used so researchers can see tumors in the body during scans when they noticed that two areas in the head lit up over and over again in all 100 participants of their study.
These glands were described as a set of salivary glands located in the back of the nasopharynx, which is the part of the throat that is behind the nose.
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