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Parathyroid Embryology and Anatomy: 4

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The inferior glands are usually found near the lower pole of the thyroid lobe or below the lobe in the thyro-thymic ligament. They commonly lie below the inferior thyroid artery and anterior to the recurrent laryngeal nerve.       

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Parathyroid Embryology and Anatomy: 5

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The usual blood supply to both sets of parathyroids is from the inferior thyroid artery, a branch of the thyrocervical trunk.       

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Parathyroid Embryology and Anatomy: 6

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80-90% of individuals have four parathyroid glands. About 4% of indiviudals have three, and 4% have five. Fewer than one percent have two, six or seven.       

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