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Medical Acronyms and Abbreviations

A&W = alive and well
AAA = abdominal aortic aneurysm
AB = antibody

AG = antigen
ABE = acute bacterial endocarditis
ACD = anemia of chronic disease
ACE = angiotensin converting enzyme
ADH = antidiuretic hormone
AF = atrial fibrillation
AIFA = anti-intrinsic factor antibody
ALL = acute lymphocytic leukemia
ALP = alkaline phosphatase (liver enzyme)
ALT = liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase, AKA: serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase = SGPT
AMI = acute myocardial infarction
AML = acute myelogenous leukemia
ANP = atrial natriuretic peptide
APCA = anti-parietal cell antibody
AS = aortic stenosis
ASA = acetylsalycylic acid (aspirin)
AST = another liver enzyme = SGOT
AUB = abnormal uterine bleeding
AVM = ateriovenous malformation (in HHT)
AVN = avascular necrosis

BALT = bronchus associated lymphatic tissue
BM = bone marrow
BMP = basic metabolic panel
BNP = brain natriuretic peptide
BT = bleeding time
BUN = blood urea nitrogen
BX = biopsy

CA = cancer
CAD = coronary artery dz
CBAN = stages of cold rxn: cold, burning, aching, numbness
CIN = 1-3, dysplasia
CIS = cancer in situ
CLL = chronic lympocytic anemia
CML = chronic myelogenous anemia
CMV = cytomegalovirus
CO = cardiac output
CT = computed tomography
CXR = chest x-ray

DCM = dilated cardiomyopathy
DDH = developmental dysplasia of the hip
DES = diethy siblestrone (1950's birth control-->cancer)
DES = diffuse esophageal spasm
DEXA = dual energy x-ray absorbtiometry (measure bone mineral density)
DGERD = duodenal GERD
DIC = disseminated intravascular coagulation
DJD = degenerative joint disease
DOE = dyspnea on exertion
DOMS = delayed onset muscle soreness
DUB = dysfunctional uterine bleeding
DVT = deep vein thrombosis
DZ = disease

EBV = Epstien Barr virus
ECC = endocervical cell
EENT = eye ear nose throat
ELP = electrophoresis
EMB = endometrial biopsy
EPO = erythropoeitin
ESR = sed rate

FAB = French American British
FDP = fibrin degradation product
FEP = free erythrocyte protoporphyrin
FES = functional electrical stimulation
FOOSH = fall on outstretched hands
FUO = fever of unknown origin
FVL = favor V leiden mutation

GALT = gut-associated lymphatic tissue
GERD = gastro-esophageal reflux dz
GGT = GGTP = gamma glutamyl transpeptidase = liver/biliary enzyme
GI = gastrointestinal
GU = genitourinary

HB = hemoglobin
HBS = sickle cell disease
HCG = human chorionic gonadotropin
HCT = hematocrit
HHT = hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
HL = Hodgkin lymphoma
HPV = human papilloma virus
HRT = hormone replacement therapy
HS = hereditary spherocytosis
HSIL = HPV persistent squamous intral-epithelial lesion = CIN 3
HSP = heat shock protein
HSV = herpes simplex virus
HTN = hypertension
HUS = hemolytic uremic syndrome

IBD/S = irritable bowel disease/syndrome
IDA = iron deficiency anemia
IE = infectious endocarditis
IF = intrinsic factor
IEL = internal elastic lamina
IF = intrinsic factor
IHD = ischemic heart dz
IHSS = idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis
INR = international normalized ratio (for PT)

LAD = lymph adenopathy
LBP = low back pain
LDH = lactose dehydrogenase
LEEP = loop electroexcision prodecure
LES = lower esophageal sphincter
LN = lymph node
LSIL = low grade squamous intra-epithelial lesion
LVG = low volt galvansim

MC = most common
MCH = mean cell hemoglobin
MCHCH = mean corpuscular HGB concentration
MCV = mean cell volume
MDS = myelodysplastic syndromes
MI = myocardial infarct, maturation index (pap)
MPD = myeloproliferative disorder
MR = mitral regurgitation
MRA = magnetic resonance arteriogram (no contrast)
MRI = magnetic resonance imaging
MS = mitral stenosis
MSM = men who have sex with men
MVA = motor vehicle accident
MVP = mitral valve prolapse

NAD = not in acute distress
NBTE = nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis
NCV = nerve conduction velocity
NHL = nonHodgkin lymphoma
NIE = noninfective endocarditis
NO = nitrous oxide
NRBC = nucleated RBC

OCP = oral contraceptive
OI = osteogenesis imperfecta

PA = pernicious anemia
PAD = peripheral artery disease
PAN = polyarteritis nodosa
PCD = plasma cell dyscrasia
PCTA = percutaneous transluminal angiography (Tx for fibromuscular dysplasia)
PCR = polymerase chain reaction
PCV = polycythemia vera
PE = physical exam, peripheral edema
PG = prostaglandin
PIR =
PMN = polymorphonuclear leukocyte = granulocyte
PPI = proton pump inhibitor
PRE = progressive resistive exercise
PSS = progressive systemic sclerosis
PT = prothrombin time
PTT = partial thromboplasticn time
PVC = premature ventricular contraction
PVD = peripheral vascular disease

QD = per day

RA = rheumatoid arthritis
RDW = RBC distribution width
RF = rheumatic fever
RHD = rheumatic heart disease
ROM = range of motion
ROS = reactive oxygen species
RROM = resisted ROM
RSC = Reed Sterline cell (HL)

SBE = subacute bacterial endocarditis
SBO = spina bifida occulta, small bowel obstruction
SCC = squamous cell cancer
SCFE = slipped capital femoral epiphysis
SCJ = squamocolumnar junction (vermillion border)
SGOT = AST
SGPT = ALT = liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase = serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase
SIADH = syndrome of inappropriate ADH
SIBO = small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
SLE = lupus
SMC = smooth muscle cell
SOB = short of breath
SPECT = single photon emission computed tomography
SV = stroke volume
SVC = superior vena cava

TAA = thoracic aortic aneurysm
TB = tuberculosis
TEE = transesophageal echocardiogram
TENS = transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
TFCC = triangular fibro cartilage complex (@ distal ulna)
TIBC = total iron binding capacity
TM = tympanic membrane
TP = transverse process = TVP
TTE = transthoracic echocardiogram
TTP = thrombocytic thrombocytopenic purpura

UE = upper extremity
US = ultrasound

VAS = ?
VWF = von Willebrand factor

WNL = within normal limits

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