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Glossary of Arcadia Medical Terminology Abbreviations

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AAPA
American Academy of Physician Assistants
AHA
American Hospital Association
APAP
Association of Physician Assistant Programs
ARC-PA
Accredidation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant
CAAHEP
Commission on Accredidation of Allied Health Education Programs
CME
Continuing Medical Education
CNM
Certified nurse midwife
DR
delivery room
DRG
Diagnosis related group
DSM
diagnostic and statistical manuel of mental disorders
ECF
extended care facility
EM
electron microscope
FACP
Fellow, American College of Physicians
FACS
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
HCFA
Health Care Financing Administration
HMO
Health Maintenance Organization
HMSA
Health Manpower Shortage Area
HPDP
Health promotion and disease prevention
JCAHCO
Joint commission on Accredidation of Health Care Organizations
LPN
Licensed practical nurse
MMPI
minnesota multiphasic personality inventory
MMSE
mini-mental state exam
NBME
national board of medical examiners
NCCPA
national commission on certified physician assistants
NHSC
National health service corps
NIDA
national institute of drug abuse
NIOSH
national institute of occupational safety and health
OSHA
occupational safety and health administration
PARU
Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit
PPO
Preferred Provider Organizations
PSPA
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants
RR
Recovery room
RT
radiation therapy
SAAAPA
Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
SNF
skilled nursing facility
TAT
Thematic apperception test
USP
united states pharmacopoeia
VDRL
venereal disease research laboratories
WAIS
wechsler adult intelligence scale
WICS
wecsler intelligence scale for children
ABE
acute bacterial endocarditis
A Fib
Atrial fibrillations
A
assessment
A&P
auscultation and percussion
A/G ratio
albumin-globulin ratio
A2
aortic valve closure
AAA
abdominal aortic aneurysm
AAL
anterior axillary line
AB or ab
abortion
Abd
abdomen
ac
before meals (ante cibum)
ACTA
automated computerized transverse axial scanner
ACTH
adrenocorticotropic hormone
Ad lib
as desired
AD
Right ear (auris dextra)
ADH
antidiuretic hormone
ADHD
attention-defficit hyperactivity disorder
ADL
activities of daily living
Adm
Admission
ARDS
adult respiratory distress syndrome
AF
atrial fibrillation
AFB
acid fast bacillus
Afeb
afebrile
AI
aortic insufficiency
AKA
above the knee amputation
Alb
albumin
A-line
arterial line
Alk Phos (AP)
alkaline phosphatase
ALL
acute lympocytic leukemia
ALS
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (lou Gehrig's disease)
ALT
alanine transaminase (SGPT)
AMA
against medical advice
Amb
ambulate; ambulatory
AML
acute myelocytic leukemia
Amp
ampule
Anes
anesthesia
Angio
angiography
Aniso
anisocytosis
ANL
acute nonlymphocytic leukemia
Ant
anterior
A&Ox3
alert and oriented times three (to person, place, and time)
AP; A/P
anteroposterior
AR
aortic regurgitation
ARF
acute renal failure
AROM
active range of motion
ATN
acute tubular necrosis
AS
aortic stenosis
ASA
acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
ASD
atrial septal defect
y/o
years old
X-match
cross match (blood)
WPW
Wolff-Parkinsons-White Syndrome
WN
well nourished
W-E
wide excision
WDWN
Well developed, well nourished
WD
well developed
WBC/hpf
White blood cells per high-power field
VT
Ventricular tachycardia
VSD
Ventricular septal defect
VS
vital signs
V/Q scan
Ventilation-perfusion scan
VPSs
Ventricular premature
V.O.
verbal orders
VLDL
very low density lipoproteins
vit.
vitamin
VIP
voluntary interruption of pregnancy
V. Fib (VF)
ventricular fibrillaiton
VF
visual field
VCUG
voiding cystourethrogram
vasc.
vascular
Vag. Hyst
vaginal hysterectomy
VA
visual accuity
Urol.
urology
URI
upper respiratory infections
Ur.
urine
U/O
urinary output
umb.
umbilical
UGI
upper gastrointestinal series
UE
upper extremity
ASHD
arteriosclerotic heart disease
ASO
antistreptolysin-O titer
AST
aspartate aminotransferase (SGOT)
AU
both ears
AV
arteriovenous, atrioventricular
AVR
aortic valve replacement
AZT
azidothymidine (Zidovudine)
BBB
RBBB
LBBB
Bundle branch block (RBBB – right bundle branch block; LBBB – left bundle branch block)
BC
Bone conduction
BKA
below the knee amputation
Bands
banded neutrophils
Baso
basophils
bid
twice a day (bis in die)
bil
bilateral
Biop
biopsy
BMR
basal metabolic rate
BPH
benin prostatic hypertrophy
BPV
benign postural vertigo
BRP
bathroom privileges
B.S.
breath sounds
bowel sounds
BSO
bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BSP
bromsulphalein
BT
bleeding time
BUN
blood urea nitrogen
bpm
beats per minute
Bronch
Bronchoscopy
Bx
Biopsy
C
celcius or centigrade
CA
Cancer, carcinoma*
Chronological age
Cardiac arrest
CABG
Coronary artery bypass
CAD
Coronary artery disease
CASHD
coronary artherosclerotic heart disease
C.C.
chief complaint
CEA
carcinoembroyonic antigen
CHB
complete heart block
CHD
coronary heart disease
CHF
congestive heart failure
CIN
cervical intraepitelial neoplasia
CIS
carcinoma in situ
CK
creatine kinase
Cal
calories
Caps
capsule(s)
Cath.
catheter; catherterization
Chol
cholesterol
chr
chronic
CAT scan
computerized axial tomography
CLD
chronic liver disease
CLL
chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Cl. liq
clear liquids
CMG
cystometrogram
CML
chronic myelogenous leukemia
CN
cranial nerve
C.O.
cardiac output
c/o
complains of
COLD
chronic obstructive lung disease
cond
condiiton
COPD
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP
chest pain
CPA
costophrenic angle
CPAP
continuous postive airway pressure
CPD
cephalopelvic disproportion
CPK
creatine posphokinase
CRF
chronic renal failure
creat.
creatinine
CS
cesarean section
C&S
culture and sensitivity
C-section
cesarean section
C-spine
cervical spine films
CTA
clear to auscultation
CTS
carpal tunnel syndrome
CVA
cerebrovascular accident
costovertevral angle
CVAT
costovertebral angle tenderness
CVP
central venous pressure
CVS
cardiovascular system
CXR
chest X-ray
Cx
cervix
cysto
cystoscopy
D/C
discontinue
D&C
dilatation and curettage
DDI
didanosine
DES
diethylstilbestrol
diffuse esophageal spasm
Derm.
Dermatology
DI
Diabetes insipidus
DIC
disseminated intravascular coagulatin
DIP
distal interphalangeal joint
Dig.
digoxin; digitalis
DJD
degenerative joint disease
DKA
diabetic ketoacidosis
DLE
descoid lupus erythmatosus
DM
diabetes mellitus
DOE
dyspnea on exertion
DPT
diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
DSA
digital subtraction angiography
DSD
dry sterile dressing
DTs
delirium tremens
DTR
deep tendon reflexes
DUB
dysfunctional uterine bleeding
Dx
diagnosis
EBL
estimated blood loss
ECG
electrocardiogram
ECHO
echocardiography
ECMO
extracorporeal membrane circulation
ECT
electroconvulsive therapy
EDC
estimated date of confinement
EEG
electroencephalogram
EENT
eyes, ears, nose and troat
EGD
esophagogastroduodenoscopy
EKG
electrocardiogram
ELISA
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (AIDS test)
elix.
elixir
EMG
electromyogram
EOM
extraocular movement
eos.; eosins.
eosinopils
ER
estrogen receptor
ERCP
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography
ERT
estrogen replacement therapy
ESR
erytrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD
end stage renal disease
ESWL
extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy
ET
endotracheal tube
Etiol
etiology
Exc.
excision
Expl. Lap.
exploratory laparotomy
ext.
external
F
fahrenheit
FB
foreign body
finger breadth
FEF
forced expiratory flow
FEV
forced expiratory volume
FH
family history

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