U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 52-year-old male asked:

What happens if one of your parathyroid glands is damaged?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Three more remaining: There are four parathyroid glands situated in the neck, behind the thyroid gland -- two on left and two on right, usually a few centimeters apart. These glands make parathyroid hormone (PTH) that control calcium and bone metabolism. Usually only 0.5 to 1 parathyroid is sufficient to make enough pth. If 3 to 3.5 glands are damaged or removed, the body can still maintain PTH and calcium control.
Dr. Peter Mowschenson
General Surgery 49 years experience
Nothing: You only need one parathyroid gland to be fine!
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 33 years experience
Redundancy: You only need one functioning parathyroid to lead a healthy normal life. This anatomical fact makes thyroid surgery largely safe. Sometimes parathyroids can be removed or damaged during thyroidectomy.

Similar questions

A 40-year-old member asked:

What would happen if the parathyroid glands were removed?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Singer
Endocrinology 59 years experience
Low blood calcium: Removal of the parathyroid glands would immediately result in a low blood calcium and ususally tingling, muscle cramps, impaired thinking and occasionally, seizures. It can be treated with a powerful form of vitamin d and calcium.

Related questions

A 35-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
A 41-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 22-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.