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Endocrine system
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Parathyroid gland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (341 words)
The parathyroid glands are small endocrine glands in the neck, usually located within the thyroid gland, which produce parathyroid hormone.
Parathyroid hormone is a small protein that takes part in the control of calcium and phosphorus homeostasis, as well as bone physiology.
A Sestamibi scan is often used to determine which parathyroid gland(s) are responsible for overproduction of parathyroid hormone.
Parathyroid Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment (3859 words)
  85% is secondary to a solitary parathyroid adenoma.
The superior parathyroid glands arise from the fourth branchial pouch.
In the event that bilateral neck exploration does not reveal parathyroid pathology, the thyroid gland should be examined (2-5% of patients have intrathyroidal parathyroid), followed by examination of the thymus and superior mediastinum.
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