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Chapter 2

Word Abbreviations

PMHx Past medical history Example: Has history of arthritis and carpal tunnel.
HEENT Head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
WDWN Well developed, well nourished. The patient has grown or is growing properly and is not lacking in nourishment.
PERRLA Pupils are equal, round, and reactive to light and accommodation. (This may be used when one has a fall, or a concussion)
NPO Nothing by mouth. Example- No food or medicine in take by mouth.
VS Vital signs. Example: Temperature- 98.6, blood pressure- 130/65, respiratory rate- 18, heart rate-76.
WNL Within normal limits. Example: Everything has come back normal (MRI, CT, etc.)
HPI History of present illness. (story of symptoms) Example: Sore throat, cough, and fever. (possible signs of the flu)
Rx Prescription. Example: After a back surgery ones doctor may prescribe them 10 mg of Oxycodone.
Ht Height. Example: 67 inches or 5'7"
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