where is the thyroid gland located?

where is the thyroid gland located?

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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits
low on the front of the neck
Oluoma
4 months ago
The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck just below the Adam's apple (larynx). It is butterfly-shaped and consists of two lobes located either side of the windpipe (trachea). A normal thyroid gland is not usually outwardly visible or able to be felt if finger pressure is applied to the neck.

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance. Its correct functioning depends on having a good supply of iodine from the diet.

The release of thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland is controlled by thyrotrophin-releasing hormone from the hypothalamus in the brain and by thyroid stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland. This forms part of a feedback loop called the hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid axis.

Thyroid stimulating hormone and free thyroid hormones are used to monitor thyroid function in a patient. Typically, modest changes in free thyroid hormones result in large changes in thyroid stimulating hormone.


The thyroid gland produces thyroxine, which is a relatively inactive prohormone and lower amounts of the active hormone, triiodothyronine. Collectively, thyroxine and triiodothyronine are referred to as the thyroid hormones.
The thyroid gland also produces calcitonin from cells called C-cells.
ESTHER
4 months ago
It is located in the neck. It is an endocrine gland which regulates metabolism.
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