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Brief Medical Abbreviations

ABG arterial blood gas
AV atrioventricular
AVR aortic valve replacement
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BUN blood urea nitrogen
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CT or CAT computerized (axial) tomography
CO cardiac output
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPAP continuous positive airway pressure
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
DRE digital rectal exam
DVT deep vein thrombosis
ECT electroconvulsive therapy
FH family history
GERD gastroesophogeal reflux disease
HEENT head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
H & H hemoglobin and hematocrit
HPI history of present illness
LP lumbar puncture
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MVR mitral valve replacement
NAD no apparent distress
NPO nothing by mouth
ORIF open reduction internal fixation
PERRLA pupils equal round and reactive to light
PFT pulmonary function tests
PMH past medical history
PTCA percutaneous tranluminal coronary angioplasty
PVC premature ventricular contraction
RLQ right lower quadrant
RRR regular rate and rhythm
RTC return to clinic
SH social history
SOB shortness of breath
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
TURP transurethral resection of the prostate
UA urinalysis
URI upper respiratory infection
WDWN well developed, well nourished
WNL within normal limits
Created by: tsuchiya