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what does the parathyroid gland do?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Regulate calcium: The parathyroid glands secrete a hormone that keeps the level of calcium in the blood from falling. It does this by pulling calcium from the bone and by preventing loss of calcium through the kidney. It is also necessary to convert vitamin d into its active form, which in turn increases calcium absorption in the gut.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is a parathyroid gland and where is it located?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Neck: The parathyroid glands are diffierent than the thyroid gland (they share part of the name but their functions are very diffierent). There are 4 parathyroid glands. They are usually located on the back of the thyroid gland but they can also be located around the jaw and neck as well.
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Where does parathyroid glands locate in our body?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Behind thyroid: There are 4 parathyroid glands located behind and at the edges of the thyroid gland in the neck.
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How can one diseased parathyroid gland be found?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Blood work and scan: The first step in diagnosis is blood work. Overactive parathyroid glands cause high levels of blood calcium. This can be found on routine blood work and patients often have no symptoms initially.. A number of things can cause parathyroid problems, but if a parathyroid "adenoma" is the cause, parathyroid scanning will determine which of the 4 parathyroid glands in the neck are involved.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the fuction of the parathyroid gland?

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Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Regulates calcium.: The parathyroid glands secrete parathyroid hormone which is critical in maintaining a normal calcium level in the blood. It acts on the bone and kidneys to accomplish this.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the symptomps of parathyroid gland problems?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Parathyroid problems: Hi. Too complex for small space. Primary hyperpara (PHPT) is a disease of parathyroids where too much PTH is secreted, which causes high blood calcium, with symptoms/signs of kidney stones, bone fractures, malaise, depression, high blood pressure, and others. Hypoparathy is a disease of parathyroids where they can't secrete enough PTH, with symptoms of numbness, tingling, and muscle twitching.
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Internal Medicine 35 years experience
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