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Some Information About Glands

Many of the conditions listed below mention glands that produce hormones. Here's a quick fact sheet about some major glands:

  • The pituitary gland: located at the base of the brain, controls the production of hormones in all endocrine glands
  • The adrenal glands: located on the top of your kidneys, produce adrenaline, cortisol, aldosterone, and other steroid hormones that enable the body to respond to stress
  • The thyroid gland: located in the center of the neck, creates hormones that control the body's heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism
  • The four parathyroid glands: located at the corners of the thyroid gland, control the level of calcium in your blood

Some of the conditions we treat in Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Endocrinology Department:

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