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What does the parathyroid gland do?

What does the parathyroid gland do?

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. ...Read more

Parathyroid Gland (Definition)

There are four pea sized parathyroid glands located behind your thyroid gland, two on each side. These glands secrete a hormone which is resonsible for your calcium balance. These glands can enlarge to secrete too much hormone causing symptoms and sometimes requiring surgical intervention. Thyroid surgery can also put these glands at risk, although in experienced ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: parathyroid gland?

What is the definition or description of: parathyroid gland?

Parathyroid gland: There are four pea sized parathyroid glands located behind your thyroid gland, two on each side. These glands secrete a hormone which is resonsible for your calcium balance. These glands can enlarge to secrete too much hormone causing symptoms and sometimes requiring surgical intervention. Thyroid surgery can also put these glands at risk, although in experienced hands usually only temporarily. ...Read more

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Can you live without your thyroid or parathyroid gland?

Can you live without your thyroid or parathyroid gland?

Yes: Many people have their thyroid gland removed and thyroid hormone is easy to replace. If all your parathyroids are taken out which is generally a complication of surgery for thyroid then vit d and calcium can be used to treat. ...Read more

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What does the parathyroid gland have to do with diabetes?

What does the parathyroid gland have to do with diabetes?

None: They are both glands that secrete hormones, but different hormones, and a dysfunction of one has no bearing on the other. ...Read more

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What diseases can develop from a tumor in the parathyroid gland?

What diseases can develop from a tumor in the parathyroid gland?

Many symptoms: The list is long: bone pain, osteopenia, osteoporosis, bone fractures, osteogenesis fibrosis cystica, kidney stones, kidney failure, pancreatitis, abdominal pain, ulcers, depression, fatigue, forgetfulness, insomnia mong others. The cure is surgery, surgery, surgery! ...Read more

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Do I have just one bad parathyroid gland? 

Do I have just one bad parathyroid gland? 

Usually: Usually it's one gland that has the adenoma but you can also have a condition called parathyroid hyperplasia where all 4 glands are enlarged. You only need 1/2 of a parathyroid gland to function normally, that is, 1/2 out of 4 glands. ...Read more

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What is the fuction of the parathyroid gland?

What is the fuction of the parathyroid gland?

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. ...Read more

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How can one diseased parathyroid gland be found?

How can one diseased parathyroid gland be found?

Find parathyroid: 1. Ultrasound because it's cheap and can be done by most high volume practitioners in their office. 2. 4D CT. This is new but far superior to the former number 2. 3. SPECT CT Tc 99 sestamibi or other sestamibi based scan. 4. If you go to 4 or beyond, your a special case and make sure you have a really experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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