A 35-year-old member asked:
What are the parathyroid glands?
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Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Parathyroid Glands: The parathyroid glands are 4 small groups of tissue that sit behind the thyroid gland. They make parathyroid hormone or PTH which is involved in calcium metabolism. Too much PTH causes the calcium level in the blood to go up. An overactive parathyroid gland is often diagnosed when a routine blood test shows a high calcium level.
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Family Medicine 38 years experience
Parathyroid glands: He parathyroid glands are small endocrine glands in the neck that produce parathyroid hormone. Humans usually have four parathyroid glands, which are usually located in variable manner on the posterior surface of the thyroid gland, or, in rare cases, within the thyroid gland itself or in the chest (mediastinum) or even the thymus. parathyroid glands control the amount of calcium in the blood an.
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General Surgery 49 years experience
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A 42-year-old member asked:
What does the parathyroid gland do?
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Endocrinology 10 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 41-year-old member asked:
How do the parathyroid glands work?
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Endocrinology 34 years experience
Calcium regulation.: The parathyroid glands are continously checking the calcium level in the blood. If the level drops too low, the gland produces more parathyroid hormone (pth), which has several actions to promote calcium coming into the blood. The gland also contains c cells, which make a separate hormone, calcitonin, which has some effects on bone metabolism.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
What is the fuction of the parathyroid gland?
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Endocrinology 59 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.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
What is a parathyroid gland and where is it located?
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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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Last updated Feb 22, 2019
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