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Serendipitous salivary glands

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This HND piece discusses the recent discovery—by a team located in the Netherlands—of two never-before-seen salivary glands. Although the intent was to do PSMA PET/CT scans of prostate cancer patients, these glands unexpectedly appeared.

If this discovery holds up—and it has already been confirmed in one hundred other subjects—it will go down in history along several other famous serendipitous discoveries. The most well-known of these in Penicillin, but the piece details a few more. For now, the proposed location of these organs is one more to avoid during cancer radiation therapy.

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