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Oxyphil cells

Oxyphil cells are a specialised group of cells found in the ParaThyroid gland of humans (and some other mammals).

They're not present at birth, and their numbers increase with age. They also increase in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Their function is completely unknown. The cells have large number of mitochondria, suggesting a need for energy production.

See : J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Aug; 97(8): E1499–E1505.


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