Parathyroid gland

The parathyroid gland has anastomosing cellular cords as opposed to the hepatic plates. It is embedded in the thyroid gland and separated from it by a capsule.

Acidophil cells are in acini and are light staining while principal or chief cells are stained blue (basophil)

Differential diagnosis: 

Parathyroid gland can be easily confused with liver. Note the differences in their contained parenchymal cells. The hepatocytes radiate as plates from the central canal and they are arranged in hepatic lobules. Parathyroid has no lobules and no central vein. Thymus and spleen have no anastomosing cellular cords as parathyroid.


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