Bone fractures and sudden pain in the abdomen may seem like normal problems. However, this may ring an alarm, as it could be a sign of parathyroid tumours. Many people mistakenly believe that the parathyroid glands and thyroid glands are the same thing. However, they are very distinct in both their development and functions. There are four parathyroid glands located at the back of the thyroid gland, with the function of secreting parathyroid hormones to regulate the calcium levels in the blood. Tissue growth in the parathyroid glands will cause excessive blood calcium levels. Although most parathyroid tumours are benign and sometimes asymptomatic, patients should still get them removed as soon as possible as they may develop complications with time.
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