Monday 10 September 2007
The parathyroid glands are quite easily recognizable from the thyroid as they have densely packed cells, in contrast with the follicular structure of the thyroid.
Several types of cells are present in the parathyroid gland:
They synthesize and release parathyroid hormone (PTH).
- These cells are small, and appear dark when loaded with parathyroid hormone, and clear when the hormone has been secreted, or in their resting state.
- They are lighter in appearance and increase in number with age, have an unknown function.
Histology of the parathyroid gland (by Washington Deceit)
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