PPC Medical Abbreviations

  1. ABG
    arterial blood gas (acid base status in blood O & CO)
  2. AV
    atrioventricular (heart anatomy)
  3. BPH
    benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate)
  4. BUN
    blood urea nitrogen (protein breakdown marker for renal function)
  5. CABG
    coronary artery bypass graft (restore blood flow)
  6. CAD
    coronary artery disease
  7. CAT/CT
    computerized axial tomography (imaging technique)
  8. CO
    cardiac output (volume of blood flowing out in a minute)
  9. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema, chronic bronchitis)
  10. CPAP
    continuous positive airway pressure (sleep machine blows air to assist breathing)
  11. CSF
    cerebrospinal fluid (obtained through spinal tap)
  12. CVS
    Cerebrovascular accident (stroke, no O2)
  13. DRE
    Digital rectal exam
  14. DVT
    Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot)
  15. ECT
    Electroconvulsive therapy (shock therapy)
  16. FH
    Family history (health of immediate family)
  17. GERD
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn, acid)
  18. HEENT
    Head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
  19. H&H
    Hemoglobin and hematocrit (measure of RBC status)
  20. LP
    Lumbar puncture to gather CSF
  21. MRI
    Magnetic resonance imaging (imaging technique)
  22. NAD
    No apparent distress
  23. NPO
    Nothing by mouth (usually before a procedure)
  24. ORIF
    Open reduction & internal fixation (surgical repair technique- hip repair)
  25. PERRLA
    Pupils equal, round, responsive to light and accommodation (part of physical exam)
  26. PFT
    Pulmonary function test (assessing lung function)
  27. PMH
    Past medical history
  28. PTCA
    Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (increases diameter of coronary artery)
  29. PVC
    Premature ventricular contraction (arrhythmia)
  30. RLQ, RUQ, LLQ, LUQ
    Right lower quadrant, right upper quadrant, left lower quadrant, left upper quadrant (part of the torso)
  31. RRR
    Regular rate and rhythm
  32. RTC
    Return to clinic
  33. SH
    Social history (personal habits, living situation, job)
  34. SOB
    Shortness of breath
  35. TURP
    Transurethral resection of the prostate
  36. TSH
    Thyroid stimulating hormone (marker for thyroid function)
  37. UA
    Urinalysis (pee in a cup)
  38. URI
    Upper respiratory (tract) infection (bronchitis, laryngitis, sinusitis)
  39. WDWN
    Well dressed, well nourished
  40. WNL
    Within normal limits (pertaining to lab values)
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PPC Medical Abbreviations