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What is a parathyroid gland and where is it located?
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Peter Mowschenson
Dr. Peter Mowschenson
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Dr. Sudhir Bansal
Parathyroid location agreed iris designed to maintain calcium levels when levels are low of calcium parathyroid levels increase to improve calcium levels
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