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Call it the Higgs boson of the human body.

Like the mysterious particle theorized for decades but confirmed only this year, a knee ligament first hypothesized 134 years ago was recently discovered by two Belgian doctors.

The lost tissue could offer an explanation for athletes who suffer from chronic, sports-induced knee pain.

“These discoveries are very rare because the human body has been well defined,” said

Dr. Wayne Vogl, a professor of cellular and physiological sciences and an anatomist at University of British Columbia.

The discovery of the anterolateral ligament (ALL), a pearly tissue on the outside of the knee, was announced Tuesday by Belgian doctors Steven Claes and Johan Bellemans.

The two scientists led a team from the University of Leuven in a four-year study to answer a question about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, a common ailment among athletes, such as skiers and basketball players, who often strain their knees.

 

 

The doctors wanted to know why some patients with ACL tears suffered from pivot shifts, or knee collapses, even after successful reconstructive surgeries.

They had a hunch; an undiscovered knee ligament was once hypothesized more than 130 years ago by the French surgeon Paul Segond, who couldn’t quite explain a painful resistance in his own knee after an injury.

 

 

The doctors wanted to know why some patients with ACL tears suffered from pivot shifts, or knee collapses, even after successful reconstructive surgeries.

They had a hunch; an undiscovered knee ligament was once hypothesized more than 130 years ago by the French surgeon Paul Segond, who couldn’t quite explain a painful resistance in his own knee after an injury.

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“However, the notion of this structure was eventually forgotten,” a recent article in the Journal of Anatomy said.

The ligament would later elude the eyes of surgeons and researchers even as scientists in the 1970s and early 2000s made guesses about its existence.

Going off the tip, the Belgian doctors cut open the knee joints of 41 cadavers, looking for the “resistant, fibrous band” that Segond had written about in his 1879 report.

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