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What is parathyroid gland?

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What is parathyroid gland and how different is it from normal thyroid gland?

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  1. Ankita (Team nutritionist) on Aug 24, 2012 Reply

    The parathyroid glands are four glands located behind the thyroid gland in a person’s neck. These glands are responsible for producing the parathyroid hormone (PTH) which helps to regulate calcium levels in the blood. When the calcium level in the blood is low, the parathyroid glands sense this and produce PTH. The normal level of PTH in the blood stream is between 10-65 picograms per milliliter.
    The thyroid is a single gland, whereas the parathyroids are 4 or more separate glands.
    The normal Thyroid gland secretes or makes calcitonin & the Parathyroid gland maintains calcium (and phosphate) balance with calcitonin.

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