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.

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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.

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.
Double adenoma. Double adenomas can be seen in about 10% of patients. It is important that your surgeon either uses intra operative PTH monitoring or explores all 4 glands to make sure there isn't a double adenoma.
Depends. Hyperparathyroidism is 85-90% from one gland but 15-20% of patients have more than one gland. That's why experienced surgeon is important.
Typically it one. Here's a reference for you: 1: Ruda JM, Hollenbeak CS, Stack BC Jr. A systematic review of the diagnosis and treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism from 1995 to 2003. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Mar;132 (3):359-72. Review. PubMed PMID: 15746845.

What is the fuction of the parathyroid gland?

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.
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.

How can one diseased parathyroid gland be found?

Blood work and scan. The first step in diagnosis is blood work. Overactive parathyroid glands cause high levels of blood calcium. This can be found on routine blood work and patients often have no symptoms initially. A number of things can cause parathyroid problems, but if a parathyroid "adenoma" is the cause, parathyroid scanning will determine which of the 4 parathyroid glands in the neck are involved.
Ultrasound. An abnormal parathyroid gland may be detected by ultrasound examination of the neck or by a nuclear scan of the neck (sestamibi). If the abnormal gland is only slightly enlarged both tests may be negative. In that case an experienced surgeon is the solution to finding the gland at surgery.
Several options. In my order of preference: parathyroid sestamibi scan, neck ultrasound, surgical exploration with gamma probe for radio guidance, ct scan of the neck, MRI of neck.
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.

Do I have just one parathyroid gland with disease?

Maybe. Hyperparathyroidism can affect one gland or all glands (typically 4).
Maybe. 80% of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism have single gland disease. But it is important to prove that. Find an experienced endocrine surgeon. You might look at the american association of endocrine surgeons website to find someone in your area.
Most of the time. 85% to 90% of patients with hyperparathyroidism have a single parathyroid adenoma. The remainder of the time this is due to two or more glands.
Why you say that? What is wrong with you Do you have HYPERPARATHYROIDISM OR parathyroid ADENOMA if that is the case, yes most of the time it is one gland involved Askl your doctor or endocrinologist.

What is a parathyroid gland and where is it located?

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.
Neck endocrine gland. 2 pair of very small glands located in the neck and surrounded by thyroid tissue. They control calcium metabolism. Hyperparathyroidism can cause deposition of calcium in tissues as well as cause kidney stones. Parathormone levels also rise with kidney failure and thus is measured in both conditions. Location is only feature that parathyroid gland and thyroid gland have in common.
Endocrine gland. Usually two glands on each side, upper and lower. Upper may go lower and behind the thyroid gland. Lower may go lower and in front into the thymus. That's why experienced surgeon needed to operate for this problem.

What are the symptomps of parathyroid gland problems?

Parathyroid problems. Hi. Too complex for small space. Primary hyperpara (PHPT) is a disease of parathyroids where too much PTH is secreted, which causes high blood calcium, with symptoms/signs of kidney stones, bone fractures, malaise, depression, high blood pressure, and others. Hypoparathy is a disease of parathyroids where they can't secrete enough PTH, with symptoms of numbness, tingling, and muscle twitching.

What is the definition or description of: parathyroid gland?

4 glands in the neck. There are 4 small glands in the neck adjacent to the thyroid gland which produce parathyroid hormone, an important regulator of blood calcium levels.
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.

What is the cause of parathyroid gland to become really active?

It could be. Caused by a benign tumor called adenoma, and it is called primary hyperparathyroidism. Sometimes, when someone is on chronic hemodialysis, secondary hyperparathyroidism can occur. If your calcium level is high, you should have surgical removal of your parathyroid gland.