Know your parathyroid glands – by Dr Harold Gunatillake
“If you have tingling of fingers , numbness, crampy leg muscles, irritability, depression, signs of asthma, hoarseness, losing voice and difficulty in swallowing- this is the article you must read”- Dr Harold
(The author is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons- served in UK, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Sydney, Australia)
You are aware of the thyroid glands that sits on your trachea (wind-pipe) in the lower part of your neck, but you are not aware that attached to the four corners of the thyroid lobes behind, are 4 minute yellow spots which needs preservation even when your thyroid glands are removed for nodular enlargement or other disease processes. When you remove your thyroid gland the surgeons call it a subtotal or partial thyroidectomy because the need to remove the gland close to the parathyroid must be preserved. These glands are hidden behind the thyroid lobes.
Parathyroid glands though they are small and insignificant play a great role in the endocrine orchestra.
They keep your bones strong, nervous system in trim condition for its functions and also contraction of skeletal muscles.
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These four minute glands release a hormone called ‘parathyroid hormone’ (PTH), which controls previously mentioned structures of your body. …