After a detailed cervical parathyroid exploration, the two superior parathyroid glands and the right inferior gland are found to be normal and the left inferior gland cannot be located. Which of the following locations should the surgeon search?
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The inferior gland may be located in any of these areas. Inferior parathyroid gland location is variable.
They have been found from the aortopulmonary window in the posterior mediastinum to the skull base.
The superior parathyroid glands are derived from the fourth branchial arch and the inferior glands from the third branchial arch.
Because the superior parathyroid glands migrate a shorter distance than the inferior glands, they are found in a relatively more constant location.
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