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What are the parathyroid glands?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
Dr. Joseph Roosth
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In brief: Endocrine glands

Normally four glands - two on each side of the neck with secrete parathyroid hormone and control the blood calcium.

In brief: Endocrine glands

Normally four glands - two on each side of the neck with secrete parathyroid hormone and control the blood calcium.
Dr. Peter Mowschenson
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine

In brief: Parathyroid glands

He parathyroid glands are small endocrine glands in the neck that produce parathyroid hormone.
Humans usually have four parathyroid glands, which are usually located in variable manner on the posterior surface of the thyroid gland, or, in rare cases, within the thyroid gland itself or in the chest (mediastinum) or even the thymus.[1] parathyroid glands control the amount of calcium in the blood an.

In brief: Parathyroid glands

He parathyroid glands are small endocrine glands in the neck that produce parathyroid hormone.
Humans usually have four parathyroid glands, which are usually located in variable manner on the posterior surface of the thyroid gland, or, in rare cases, within the thyroid gland itself or in the chest (mediastinum) or even the thymus.[1] parathyroid glands control the amount of calcium in the blood an.
Dr. Diane Minich
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