Clinical Acronyms

 

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A&Ox3Alert and oriented times 3 (oriented to person, place, and time)
AAAAbdominal aortic aneurysm
AASAcute abdominal series
ABDAbdomen
ABGArterial blood gas
ABIAnkle / brachial index (blood pressures)
ACBefore eating ("ante cibum")
ACLSAdvanced cardiac life support
AKAAbove the knee amputation
AOBAlcohol on breath
ARDSAdult respiratory distress syndrome
ARFAcute renal failure
ASAAspirin
ASDAtrial septal defect
ATNAcute tubular necrosis
AVAtrioventricular node
BBilateral
BCPBirth control pill
BEBarium enema
BIDTwice a day ("bis in die")
BKABelow the knee amputation
BMIBody mass index
BMPBasic metabolic profile (lytes, BUN, creatinine, glucose)
BMRBasal metabolic rate
BPBlood pressure
BPHBenign prostatic hypertrophy
BRBPRBright red blood per rectum
BSBowel sounds
BSOBilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BUNBlood urea nitrogen
BxBiopsy
CWith ("cum")
C/OComplains of
CACancer
CABGCoronary artery bypass graft (bypass)
CATComputerized axial tomography
CBCComplete blood count
CCChief complaint
C/D/IClean, dry, and intact (typically referring to wound dressings)
CFCystic fibrosis
CHFCongestive heart failure
CLContralateral
CNCranial nerve
CN II-XIICranial nerves two through twelve
CNSCentral nervous system
COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPChest pain
CPAPContinuous positive airway pressure
CPRCardio-pulmonary resuscitation
CSFCerebrospinal fluid
CSFColony stimulating factor
CTCardiothoracic
CTComputerized (axial) tomography
CTA-BClear to auscultation bilaterally
CVACerebral vascular accident (stroke)
CVACostovertebral angle (kidneys)
CVPCentral venous pressure
CVPHChamplain Valley Physician's Hospital
CXRChest x-ray
DAIDiffuse axonal injury
D/CDischarge
D/CDiscontinue
DDxDifferential diagnosis
DIDiabetes insipidus
DIPDistal interphalangeal joint
DJDDegenerative joint disease
DKADiabetic ketoacidosis
DM IType I DM
DM IIType II DM
DMDiabetes mellitus
DNRDo not resuscitate
DOADead on arrival
DP/PTDorsalis pedis / Posterior tibial (pulses)
DTRDeep tendon reflex
DVTDeep venous thrombosis
EBLEstimated blood loss
ECGElectrocardiogram
ECTElectroconvulsive therapy
EEGElectroencephalogram
EFEjection fraction
EKGElectrocardiogram
EMDElectromechanical disassociation
EMGElectromyelogram
ENTEar, nose, & throat
EOMIExtra-ocular muscles (or movements) intact
EPOErythropoietin
ERCPEndoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (biliary/pancreatic scope)
ERTEstrogen replacement therapy
ETEndotracheal
EtOHAlcohol (Ethyl alcohol)
F/UFollow-up
FAMFamily (Fam Hx = Family History)
FENFluids, electrolytes, nutrition
FNAFine needle aspirate
FPPFresh frozen plasma
FSFinger stick (blood sugar)
FUKOFever of unknown origin
FUOFever of unknown origin
FxFamily
FxFracture
GGravida (pregnancies)
GAMALGood air movement all lobes
GCGonococcus (gonorrhea)
GCSGlasgow coma scale
GERDGastroesophageal reflux disease
GIGastrointestinal
GTTIV drip ("guttae" = drops)
GTT# of drops (6 gtt/min = 6 drops per minute)
GUGenitourinary
H&PHistory & physical
HAHeadache
HCTHematocrit
HCTZHydrochlorothiazide
HEENTHead, eyes, ears, nose, & throat
HGBHemoglobin
HJRHepatojugular reflex
HOHouse officer (resident)
HPIHistory of present illness
HRHeart rate
HRTHormone replacement therapy
HSMHepatosplenomegaly
HTNHypertension
HxHistory
I/OIns & Outs (fluids in & fluids out)
IBDInflammatory bowel disease
ICUIntensive care unit
IDDMInsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
ILIpsilateral
IMIntramuscular
ITIntrathecal
IVIntravenous
IVCInferior vena cava
IVCIntravenous cholangiogram (biliary)
IVPIntravenous pyelogram (renal)
JVDJugular venous distention
JVPJugular venous pressure
KUBKidneys, ureters, bladder (abd / pelvic x-ray)
LLeft
LALeft atrium
LAHLeft anterior hemiblock
LBBBLeft bundle branch block
LELower extremity
LLLLeft lower lobe (lung)
LLQLeft lower quadrant
LLSBLeft lower sternal border
LMPLast Menstrual Period
LOCLevel of consciousness
LOCLoss of consciousness
LPLumbar puncture
LRLactated Ringer's
LSBLeft sternal border
LULLeft upper lobe (lung)
LUQLeft upper quadrant
LUSBLeft upper sternal border
LVLeft ventricle
LVHLeft ventricular hypertrophy
M/G/RMurmurs, gallops or rubs (cardiac exam)
MAEMoves all extremities
MAPMean arterial pressure
MCVMean corpuscular (cell) volume
MENMultiple endocrine neoplasia
MIMyocardial infarction (heart attack)
MICUMedical intensive care unit
MMSEMini mental status exam
MRIMagnetic resonance imaging
MRSAMethicillin resistant staph aureus
MSMitral stenosis
MSMultiple sclerosis
MVAMotor vehicle accident
N/VNausea or vomiting
NABSNormoactive bowel sounds
NADNo apparent (acute) distress
NCATNormocephalic, atraumatic (head exam)
NGNasogastric (as in "NG Tube")
NIDDMNon-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
NKDANo known drug allergies
NPONothing by mouth ("per os")
NSNormal saline (as in "1/2NS")
NSAIDNon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
NSRNormal sinus rhythm
NTNasotracheal (as in "NT tube")
NTGNitroglycerin
ODRight eye ("oculus dexter")
OMOtitis media
OOBOut of bed
OSLeft eye ("oculus sinister")
OUBoth eyes ("oculus uterque")
PAfter ("post")
PPending
PATParoxysmal atrial tachycardia
PAWPPulmonary artery wedge pressure
PCAfter eating ("post cibum")
PCRPolymerase chain reaction
PCWPPulmonary capillary wedge pressure
PEPulmonary embolism
PEPhysical exam
PEAPulseless electrical activity
PEEPPositive end expiratory pressure
PERRLAPupils equal, round & reactive to light and accomodation
PETPositron emission tomography
PFTPulmonary function test
PICCPeripherally inserted central catheter
PICUPediatric intensive care unit
PIDPelvic inflammatory disease
PIPProximal interphalangeal joint
PMHPast medical history
PMIPoint of maximal impulse (of the heart)
PNSPeripheral nervous system
POBy mouth ("per os")
PODPost-op day
PRPer rectum
PRBCPacked red blood cells
PRNAs needed ("pro re nata")
PSHPast surgical history
PSVTParoxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
PtPatient
PTPhysical therapy
PTPosterior tibial (artery/pulse)
PTProthrombin time
PTAPrior to admission/arrival
PTTPartial thromboplastin time
PVCPremature ventricular contraction
PVDPeripheral vascular disease
QEvery ("quaque")
QACBefore every meal ("ante cibum")
QAMEvery morning
QDEvery day ("die")
QHSAt hour of sleep ("hora somni")
QIDFour times a day ("quarter in die")
QODEvery other day
RRight
RARight atrium
RBBBRight bundle branch block
RBCRed blood cell
RDWRed (cell) distribution width
RLLRight lower lobe (lung)
RMLRight middle lobe (lung)
ROMRange of motion
ROSReview of systems
RRRRegular rate & rhythm
RSBRight sternal border
RULRight upper lobe (lung)
RVRight ventricle
RVHRight ventricular hypertrophy
RxPrescription, treatment
SWithout ("sans")
S/PStatus post
SASinoatrial node
SIADHSyndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone
SICUSurgical intensive care unit
SLSublingual
SOBShort of breath
SOBShortness of breath
SQSubcutaneous
STDSexually transmitted disease
SVCSuperior vena cava
SVDSpontaneous vaginal delivery
SVPSpontaneous venous pulsations - seen in normal retina
SxSymptoms
TAHTrans-abdominal hysterectomy
TEETransesophageal echocardiogram
TIATransient ischemic attack ("mini-stroke")
TIDThree times a day ("ter in die")
TmaxMaximum temperature over past 24 hours
TOTelephone order
TPATissue plasminogen activator
TPNTotal parenteral nutrition
TURPTrans urethral resection of prostate
TVHTrans-vaginal hysterectomy
TxTreatment
U/AUrinalysis
UEUpper extremity
URIUpper respiratory infection
UTIUrinary tract infection
U/SUltrasound
VCUGVoiding cystourethrogram
V/QVentilation / Perfusion scan
W/DWet-to-dry (dressing)
W/R/RWheezes, rubs, or rhonchi
WBWhole blood
WBCWhite blood cell (count)
WFWhite female
WMWhite male
XRTX-ray therapy (radiation)
YOYear-old
ZEZollinger-Ellison

 

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