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med abbreviations

medical abbreviations

abd abdomen
ABGs arterial blood gases
ac before meals
ACLS advanced cardiac life support
ad lib as desired
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
AKA above-the-knee amputation
AMA against medical advice
ASA aspirin
ASAP as soon as possible
BE barium enema
BKA below-the-knee amputation
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BP blood pressure
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BPM beats per minute
BRP bathroom privileges
BSA body surface area
BUN blood urea nitrogen
bx biopsy
C with - over it with
C Celsius
C&S culture and sensitivity
ca calcium, cancer
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CBC complete blood (cell) count
CC chief complaint
CDC centers for disease control and prevention
cm centimeters
CNS central nervous system
CP chest pain
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
c/o complains of
COPD Chronic Obstuctive pulmonary disease
csf cerebrospinal fluid
CT computed tomography
cv cardiovascular
CVA cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
CXR chest x-ray
d day
D&C dilation and curettage
D/C, dc dishcarge, discontinue
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOB date of birth
DTap diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine
dx diagnosis
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
EEG electroencephalogram
ENT ear, nose, and throat
F Fahrenheit
FBS, FBG fasting blood sugar/glucose
f/u follow up
FUO fever of unknown origin
fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
GTT glucose tolerance test
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecology, gynecologist
h, hr hour
H2O water
Hct hematocrit
HEENT head, ears, eyes, nose, throat
HF heart failure
Hgb hemoglobin
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HPV human papillomavirus
Htn, HTN hypertension
hx history
I&D incision and drainage
I&O intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
IUD intrauterine device
K potassium
KUB kidneys, ureters, bladder
L liter
lb pound
LLE left lower extremity (left leg)
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LUE left upper extremity (arm)
LUQ left upper quadrant
mg/dL milligrams per deciliter
MI myocardial infarction
mL milliliters
MM mucous membrane
mm Hg millimeters of mercury
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MS multiple sclerosis
N/V nausea/vomiting
NB newborn
NG nasogastric
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing by mouth (nil per os)
NS normal saline
NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OC oral contraceptive
OOB out of bed
OP outpatient
OT occupational therapy or therapist
OTC over-the-counter
PA posteroanterior, physician assistant
pc after meals
PE physical examination
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PO by mouth
PRN as needed
PT physical therapy or therapist
pt patient
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RBC red blood cell
RLE right lower extremity (leg)
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
RT respiratory therapy or therapist
RUE right upper extremity (right arm)
RUQ right upper extremity (right arm)
Rx prescription
- over s without
SOB shortness of breath stat immediately
STI sexually transmitted infection
sx symptoms
T&A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
TB tuberculosis
TIA transient ischemic attack
tx treatment
UA urine analysis
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VS vital signs
WBC white blood cell
WNL within normal limits
YO, y/o years old
Created by: elshalance
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