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Parathyroid glands

Parathyroid glands

The four parathyroid glands are located at the front and base of the neck around the thyroid gland and produce parathyroid hormone. Parathyroid hormone regulates calcium and phosphorus balance in the blood by maintaining a balance between the mineral levels in the blood and the bone.

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Review Date: 12/26/2011

Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.

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