NextPrevious

Endocrine System

Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

Where are the parathyroid glands located?

The parathyroid glands are embedded in the posterior surface of the thyroid gland. There are usually four parathyroid glands—two pairs—on each side of the thyroid. The parathyroid glands are tiny, pea-shaped glands weighing only a total of 0.06 ounces (1.6 grams) together. Each measures approximately 0.1 to 0.3 inches (3 to 8 millimeters) in length, 0.07 to 0.2 inches (2 to 5 millimeters) in width, and 0.05 inches (1.5 millimeters) in depth.



Close

This is a web preview of the "The Handy Anatomy Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App