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Basic Medical Abbreviations

TermDefinition
abdomen, abdominal Abd
antibiotics Abx
atrial fibrillation A fib
acute otitis media AOM
assessment and plan A/P
acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin) ASA
twice dailing BID
bilateral lower extremities Bilat LE
bowel movement BM
blood pressure BP
with c (with line on top)
cancer, carcinoma CA
coronary artery bypass graft CABG
coronary artery disease CAD
complete blood count CBC
congestive heart failure CHF
chest pain CP
complains of c/o
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD
chronic renal failure CRF
caesarean section C-section
cervical spine C-spine
computerized assisted tomography CT or CAT
clear to auscultation CTA
cardiovascular CV
cerebrovascular accident CVA
chest x-ray CXR
diabetes mellitus DM
dyspnea on extertion DOE
dorsalis pedis/ posterior tibialis DP/PT (pulse)
deep vein thrombosis DVT
diagnosis Dx
electrocardiogram EKG/ECG
extraocular movement intact EOMI
alcohol EtOH
family history FHx
follow up F/U
fracture Fx
grastroesophageal reflux disease GERD
gastrointestinal GI
gravida/para/abortion G/P/Ab
genitourinary GU
headache HA
head, ears, eyes, nose, throat HEENT
health insurance portability and accountability act HIPAA
hyperlipidemia HLD
history of present illness HPI
hypertension HTN
history Hx
hemoglobin and hematocrit H&H
incisions and drainage I&D
insulin dependent diabetes mellitus IDDM
intrauterine pregnancy IUP
intravenous drug absue IVDA
left lower extremity LLE
left lower quadrant LLQ
last normal menstrual period LNMP
loss of consciousness LOC
lumbar spine L-spine
left upper extremity LUE
left upper quadrant LUQ
myocardial infarction MI
not applicable N/A
no acute distress, no acute disease NAD
non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus NIDDM
no known drug allergies NKDA
normal nl/nml
non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID
normal sinus rhythm NSR
nausea/vomiting, diarrhea N/V/D
oxygen saturation O2 sat
obstetrics and gynecology OB/GYN
overdose OD
otitis media OM
oropharynx OP
open reduction and internal fixation (orthopedic surgery) ORIF
primary care physician/Primary medical doctor PCP/PMD
physical exam/pulmonary embolism PE
pupils are equal, round and reactive to light PERRL
per Os (by mouth) PO
as needed prn
patient pt
prior to arrival or peritonsillar abscess PTA
peripheral vascular disease PVD
every q
every day QD
at every bedtime QHS
four times a day QID
right lower extremity RLE
right lower quadrant RLQ
range of motion ROM
review of system ROS
regular rate and rhythm RRR
right upper extremity RUE
right upper quadrant RUQ
prescription Rx
rule out r/o
shortness of breath SOB
subjective, objective, assesment, and plan SOAP
status post (after) s/p
symptoms Sx
S/T elevation myocardial infarction STEMI
tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy T&A
transient ischemic attack TIA
three times a day TID
tympanic membrane TM
treatment Tx
Thoracic spine T-spine
urinalysis UA
upper respiratory infection URI
ultrasound US
up to date UTD
urinary tract infection UTI
within normal limits WNL
years old y/o
Created by: LittleD331