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What is the fuction of the parathyroid gland?

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Dr. Frederick Singer
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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Dr. Peter Mowschenson
General Surgery 49 years experience
Calcium control: It very precisely controls the blood calcium level at a max of 10.2 mg /100 ml. If calcium rises then PTH drops, if calcium drops then PTH rises to keep in range.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the parathyroid glands?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
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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A 42-year-old member asked:

What does the parathyroid gland do?

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Dr. Melissa Young
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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