What is parathyroid glands? Is it the same as thyroid gland?

Asked by  | 29th Jun, 2008, 08:05: AM

Expert Answer:

Parathyroid glands are not the same as thyroid gland. They are small endocrine glands, situated above or within the thyroid gland. They are 4 in number. They are present one above the other, 2 on each side.

Parathyroid gland secretes a hormone called parathormone that is important for calcium and phosphorus metabolism. It increases blood calcium levels.

Answered by  | 29th Jun, 2008, 08:30: AM

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