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What's the thyroid vs. The parathyroid?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Anatomy

The thyroid gland is a major regulator of many functions of the body by producing thyroid hormones.
It sits in the lower neck on both sides. The parathyroid glands regulate calcium metabolism. There are 4 of them and they lie behind (and often in contact with) the thyroid.

In brief: Anatomy

The thyroid gland is a major regulator of many functions of the body by producing thyroid hormones.
It sits in the lower neck on both sides. The parathyroid glands regulate calcium metabolism. There are 4 of them and they lie behind (and often in contact with) the thyroid.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Different glands

They are different glands and do completely different things.
Although they share part of the name, they are very different from one another. The thyroid is located in the front of your neck and is responsible for thyroid hormone production and release. It controls your metabolism. The parathyroids is located behind the thyroid and is responsible for calcium regulation.

In brief: Different glands

They are different glands and do completely different things.
Although they share part of the name, they are very different from one another. The thyroid is located in the front of your neck and is responsible for thyroid hormone production and release. It controls your metabolism. The parathyroids is located behind the thyroid and is responsible for calcium regulation.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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