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what's the thyroid vs. the parathyroid?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Different glands: They are different glands and do completely different things. Although they share part of the name, they are very different from one another. The thyroid is located in the front of your neck and is responsible for thyroid hormone production and release. It controls your metabolism. The parathyroids is located behind the thyroid and is responsible for calcium regulation.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Anatomy: The thyroid gland is a major regulator of many functions of the body by producing thyroid hormones. It sits in the lower neck on both sides. The parathyroid glands regulate calcium metabolism. There are 4 of them and they lie behind (and often in contact with) the thyroid.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Thyroid vs parathyro: The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the front of the neck. It is involved with metabolism. The parathyroid glands just happen to live next to the thyroid. They are responsible for maintaining the proper calcium level in the blood.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Different hormones: Both glands are in the neck on both sides of the trachea. The larger thyroid gland produces thyroxin and is associated with recurrent laryngeal nerves which control vocal cords. The parathyroids are endocrine glands producing parathormone to control calcium serum levels.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between parathyroid and the thyroid?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Parathyroid : Parathyroid glands are located next to the thyroid. This is their only relation to the thyroid.

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