Approved Medical Abbreviations And Symbols

Approved Medical Abbreviations And Symbols


Page 1 of 39 Some abbreviations may have more than one meaning.Please use in the context outlined below.ABBREVIATION DEFINITION CONTEXT 5-FU 5-fluorouracil General A fib atrial fibrillation General A fib atrial fibrillation General A V block artrioventricular block General A&O alert and oriented General A&Ox3 alert and oriented to person, place, event General a.m.before noon General A2 Aortic second sound General A2 aortic second sound General A2=P2

aortic second sound equal to pulmonic second sound General aa of each General AAA aortic abdominal aneurysm General AACG Aortic second sound General AAE active assistance exercise General AAL anterior axillary line General AAS Acute Abdominal Series General AB apnea bradycardia General abd abdomen General ABG arterial blood gas General ABI ankle brachial index General abort or ab abortion General ac before meals General AC IOL anterior chamber intraocular lens General ACA Anterior cerebral artery General acc Accommodative General accom accommodation General ACF Anterior cervical fusion Orthopaedics/Neurosurgery ACG Angel closure glaucoma General acid phos acid phosphatase General ACL Anterior Cruciate Ligament General ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support General ACOG American college of Obstetrics and Gynecology General ACTH adrenocortocotropic hormone General ad lib at pleasure General AD or ad right ear General ADA American Diabetic Association General adeno CA adenocarcinoma General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 2 of 39 ADH antidiuretic hormone General ADHD attention-deficit hypertensive disorder General ADL activities of daily living General adm admission General AdvDir Advance Directive General AE above the elbow General A-F bypass aorto-femoral bypass General AFB acid fast bacilli General AFGE air fluid gas exchange General AFIP Armed Forces Institute of Pathology General AFO ankle foot orthrosis General AFP alpha fetoprotein General AGA appropriate for gestational age General AHA American Heart Association General AHF Anterior hyaloid face General AHG antihemophiliac globulin General AHL Auditory Hearing Level General AI aortic insufficiency General AICD Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator General AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome General AIH autoimmune hepatitis General AION Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy General AIU Ambulatory Infusion Unit General AJ ankle jerk General AK above the knee General AKA above the knee amputation General AL Axial length General alb albumin General alcl3 Aluminum Chloride General ALD alcoholic liver disease General ALIF Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion General alk phos alkaline phosphatase General ALL acute lymphocytic leukemia General all allergies General ALS advanced life support General ALT Alanine Transaminase General am before noon General AMA against medical advise

General AMBU Ambulance General AMI acute myocardial infarction General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 3 of 39 AML acute mylocytic leukemia/acute myelogenous leukemia General Amnio amniocentesis General amp ampule General Ampi Ampicillin General amt Amount General ANC Absolute Neutrophil Count General anes Anesthesia General

ANS Autonomic nervous system General ant anterior General AoAs ascending aorta General AODM adult onset diabetes mellitus General AoDt descending aorta General aort regurg aortic regurgitation General aort sten aortic stenosis General AP anterior posterior General A-P and Lat anteroposterior and lateral General A-P diameter anteroposterior diameter General AP/PA anteroposterior/posteroanterior General APC Argo Plasma Coagulation General APCT Alternative prism & cover test General APD Afferent pupillary defect General APN Advanced Practice Nurse General approx approximate General APS Anesthesia Pain Service General aPTT Activated partial thromboplastin time General AQ aqueous General Aq Pen Aqueous Penicillin G General ARA-A vidarabine (adenine arabinoside) General ARA-C cytarabine (cytosine arabinoside) General ARBC Autologous Red Cell Unit General/Hematology ARC Abnormal retinal correspondence General ARD Acute respiratory distress General ARDS Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome General ARF acute renal failure General ARG Angle recession glaucoma General ARM active range of motion General AROM artificial rupture of membranes General art arterial General arth arthritis General AS Aortic stenosis General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 4 of 39 ASA aspirin General ASAP as soon as possible General ASCUS atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance General ASCVD arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease General ASD atrial septal defect General ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease General ASO antistrepholysin -0 titer General ASO4 Atropine (as the sulfate) General asp aspirate General ASPVD arteriosclerotic peripheral vascular disease General AST Aspartate Transaminase General AT

Atrial tachycardia General ATLS Advanced trauma life support General AU Assessment Unit Hospital Department/Location (MUPC) AU or au both ears General AV arteriovenous General A-V artrioventricular (A-V node, A-V conduction) General AVF arteriovenous fistula General AVM Aterio-venous malformation General ax axilla General Ba Barium Chemical Element BAL blood alcohol level General BARBS Barbiturates General BASO basophile General BBB bundle branch block General BBBB bilateral bundle branch block General BBBD Blood Brain Barrier Disruption General BBS Bilateral breath sounds General BC Bone Conduction General BCBS Blue Cross - Blue Shield General BCC basal cell carcinoma General BCE basal cell epithelioma General BCG Bacille Calmette-Guerin General BCP birth control pills General BCR bulbous carvernous reflux General BE

barium enema General BENZO Benzodiazepine General BF Black female General BG blood glucose General BHC Boone Hospital Center General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 5 of 39 BHS Behavioral Health Services General Bicarb (HCO2) Bicarbonate General BICU Burn Intensive Care Unit General bid twice a day General bilat bilateral General bili bilirubin General Bili (T/D) bilirubin (total /direct) General BK below the knee General BKA below the knee amputation General bl cult blood culture General BL F Black female General BL M black male General BLAST immature cell usually referring to myelo or lympho General BLE Bilateral Lower Extremity General BLS basic life support General BM bowel movement General BMP Basic Metabolic Profile General BNP Brain naturetic peptide General BOM bilateral otitis media General BP blood pressure General BPD bronchopulmonary dysplasia General BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy General BR bedrest General Br S breath sounds General BRJ brachioradialis jerk General BRP bathroom privileges General BS bowel sounds General BS&O bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy General BSA body surface area General BSC bedside comode General BSS balanced salt solution General BSV Binocular single vision General BSW Bachelor of Social Work General BTL bilateral tubal ligation General BUE Bilateral Upper Extremity General BUN blood urea nitrogen General BUS Bartholin, urethra, Skene General Bx biopsy General C Celsius General C spine Cervical Spine General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 6 of 39 C&A Clinitest and Acetest General C&S culture and sensitivity General C.


Clostridium difficile General/Laboratory C/O Complaining of or Complaints General C-1, C-2, etc cervical vertebra 1, etc
approved medical abbreviations and symbols
.General C3F8 Perfluoropropane General Ca Calcium Chemical Element CA 125 Cancer Antigen 125 General CA 19-9 Carbohydrate Antigen 19-9 General CA or ca carcinoma or cancer General CABG coronary artery bypass grafting General CACG chronic angle closure glaucoma General CAD coronary artery disease General CAG Closed angle glaucoma General CAH chronic active hepatitis General CAI Carbonic anhydrase inhibitor General Cal

Calorie General CALGB cancer and leukemia group B General CALP Corneal argon laser photocoagulation General CA-MRSA

Community Associated-Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus General CAN Certified Nurse Assisstant Professional Title Cap capsule General CAPD continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis General CAT computerized axial tomography General cath

catheter General CBC complete blood count General CBD Common bile duct General CBG capillary blood gas General CBI continuous bladder irrigation General CBR complete bed rest General CC chief complaint General C-C fistula carotid (artery)-cavernous (sinus)fistula General C-C-E Clubbing-cyanosis-edema General CCr creatinine clearance General CCT computer coronal tomography General CCU coronary care unit General CD Cystic duct General CDB cough and deep breathe General CDC Centers for Disease Control General CE Cataract extraction General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 7 of 39 CEA carcino-embryonic antigen General CENT centigrade General CF Cystic Fibrosis General CG Ciliary ganglion General CGMS Continuous Glucose Monitoring System General cGy centigray General CH Children's Hospital General CHD congenital heart disease General chem chemistry General CHF congestive heart failure General CHI closed head injury General CHL conductive hearing loss General CHO carbohydrate General chol cholesterol General CI cardiac index General CIC Common internal carotid General CICU Cardiac Intensive Care Unit General Circ Circumcision General CIVI Continuous Intravenous Infusion General C-J Creutzfeldt-Jakob General CK creatine kinase General CKD Chronic Kidney Disease General CKMB creatine kinase myocardial band General Cl Chlorine or Chloride Chemical Element CL central line General CLF Chronic liver failure General CLL chronic lymphocytic leukemia General cm centimeter General cm H2O centimeter of water General CMAR computerized medication administration record General CMC Complex Multilayer Compression Device General CME Cystoid macular edema General CMG cystometrogram General CMI Cell mediated immune response General CML chronic mylocytic leukemia General CMP comprehensive metabolic panel General CMV cytomegalic virus General CN cranial nerves General CN2,3,4,etc 2nd cranial nerve, 3rd cranial nerve, etc.General CNDO congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 8 of 39 CNS central nervous system General CNVM Choroidal neovascular membrane General CO Carbon Monoxide General CO Cardiac Output Hemodynamic/Vital signsCO2

carbon dioxide General Co60 (radioactive cobalt) General COAS chronic open angle glaucoma General COLD chronic obstructive lung disease General cong congenital

General conj Conjunctiva, conjunctival General COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease General Cosm osmolar clearance General CP Cerebral palsy General CPAP continuous positive airway pressure General CPC clinicopathological conference General CPD Cephalopelvic disproportion General CPE cystopanendoscopy General CPEO chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia General CPK

creatine phosphokinase General CPK-MB creatine phosphokinase

myocardial band General CPM continue present management General CPM Continuous Passive Motion Rehabilitation Services CPP cerebral perfusion pressure General CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation General CPRC Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center General CPT chest physiotherapy General cr cl creatinine clearance General Cr or creat creatinine

General CREST syndrome
calcinosis, Raynauds esophageal dysfunction, General CRF chronic renal failure General CRH Columbia Regional Hospital General CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Professional Title CRU Clinical Research Unit General cryo Cryotherapy Gynecology Cs cesium (radioactive) General C-section cesarean section General CSF cerebral spinal fluid General CSS Community Support Specialist General CT Cardiothoracic General CT scan computerized tomography scan General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 9 of 39 CTA clear to auscultation General CTD Connective tissue disease General cu cubic General cult culture

General CVA cerebral vascular accident General CVA tenderness costovertebral angle tenderness General CVD cardiovascular disease General CVP central venous pressure General Cx cervix General CXR chest x-ray General cysto Cystoscopy General D bili direct bilirubin General D&C dilatation and curettage General D5LR 5% Dextrose in lactated Ringer's solution General D5NS 5% Dextrose in normal saline General D5W, D10W, etc.

5%, 10%, etc.

Dextrose in water General DAT Direct Antihumanglobulin Test General Db decibel General DBP Diastolic Blood Pressure General DBT Dialectic Behavior Therapy General DC discontinue General dd dependent drainage General DDAVP desmopressin acetate General DDD-DDIT dual demand pacemaker General DDS Doctor Dental Surgery Professional Title DDST Denver Development Screening Test General DE device General Dept Department General Derm Dermatology General DEXA dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry General DFA direct fluorescence immunoassay General DFP Diisopropyl flourophosphate General DHEA-S dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate General DI diabetes insipidus General DIC dessiminated intravascular coagulation General diff Differential General/Laboratory Dig Digoxin General Dil Dilate General DIP distal interphalangeal joint General disch discharge General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 10 of 39 DJD degenerative joint disease General DKA diabetic ketoacidosis General dl deciliter

General DLC diffusion capacity of the lung General DM diabetes mellitus General DME Durable Medical Equipment Equipment or Device DMH Department of Mental Health General DNA deoxyribonucleic acid General DNAR Do Not Attempt Resuscitation

General DNCB Dinitrochlorobenzene General DNKA did not keep appointment General DNR do not resuscitate General DO Doctor of Osteopathy General DO2 Oxygen Delivery General DO2I Oxygen Delivery Index General DOA dead on arrival General DOB date of birth General DOD Date of discharge General DOE dyspnea on exertion General DOSA day of surgery admit General DP dorsalis pedis General DPCP Diphenylcyclopropenone General DPE Dipivefrin General DPOA Durable Power of Attorney General DPT diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus General Dr Doctor Professional Title DR Diabetic retinopathy General DRE Digital rectal examination General DRG Diagnosis Related Group Financial Acronym drsg dressing General DS double strength General DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders General DT diphtheria tetanus General DTaP Diphteria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis General DTRs deep tendon reflexes General DT's delirium tremens General DU decubitus ulcer General DUB dysfunctional uterine bleeding General DVD Dissociated vertical deviation General DVI A/V sequential pacemaker General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 11 of 39 DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine General DVT deep vein thrombosis General Dx diagnosis General Dz Disease General E coli Escherichi coli General EAC external auditory canal General EBL estimated blood loss General EBV Epstein-Barr Virus General EC Emergency Center General ECASA enteric coated aspirin General ECC endocervical curettage General ECG electrocardiogram General Echo echocardiogram General ECHO virus enterocytopathogenic human orphan virus General ECT electroconvulsive therapy General ED Emergency Department Department EDC estimated date of confinement General EDD estimated date of discharge General EDMA ethylene glyco-dy-methacrylate General EDTA Ethylene diamine tetra acetate General EEG electroencephalogram General EF ejection fraction General EFCC Ellis Fischel Cancer Center General EFM Electronic fetal monitoring General EFW estimated fetal weight General eg Example General EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy General EHR Electronic Health Record General EIA Enzyme Immunoassay General EKG Electrocardiogram General ELISA enzyme-linked immuno-absorbent assay General ELOS estimated length of stay General EM electron microscopy General EMG electromyograph(y) General EMS Emergency Medical Services General EMT Emergency Medical technician General EMT-P Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic General ENA extractable nuclear antigen General ENT ears, nose and throat General EOA esophageal obturator airway General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 12 of 39 EOG Electro-Oculogram General EOM extraocular muscle4-Feb-03 General EOMB extraocular muscle balance General EOMI extraocular movements intact General eos eosinophile General EPI epinepherine General epith epithelial or epithelium General EPS electrophysiology studies General Eq equvalent (gram equivalent weight) General ER Emergency Room General ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography General ERP Early receptor potential General ERSF end stage renal failure General ESAS Edmonton Sympton Assessment System General ESLD End stage liver disease General ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate General ESRD end stage renal disease General ESWL electroshock wave lithotripsy General ET endotracheal General ET tube

endotracheal tube General ETA estimated time of arrival General Etc etceteras General ETCO2 End Tidal CO2 General Ethol Ethanol General ETOH ethyl alcohol General ETT endotracheal tube General E-tube eustachian tube General EUA examination under anesthesia General Eval Evaluation General EW Edinger-Westphal; extended wear contact lens General Exp expiration General expir expiration or expiratory (related to respirations) General F Fahrenheit General F3T Trifluorothymidine General FA Fluorescein angiogram or angiography General fam phys family physician General FANA fluorescent antinuclear antibody General FB foreign body General FBS fasting blood sugar General FC Flexion contracture General APPROVED DOCUMENTATION ABBREVIATION LIST FOR UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE Revised on 01/06/2012

Page 13 of 39 FD fire department General FDP fibrin degredation products General Fe Iron Chemical Element FEF forced expired flow General FEM Fast eye movements General FEV1 forced expired volume in one second General FFP fresh frozen plasma General FH family history General FHR fetal heart rate General FHT fetal heart tone General FIO2 flow of inspired oxygen General FL Femur length General FLM Fetal lung maturity General Flouro fluoroscopy General FLP fasting lipid profile General FM face mask General FMG fine mesh gauze General FNA fine needle aspiration General FNP Family Nurse Practitioner General FOB foot of the bed General FOF Full of feces General Fort

fortified General FP family physician General F-P bypass femoral-popliteal bypass General FPA Far point of accomodation General FS floor stock General FSE Fetal Scalp Electrode General FSH follicule-stimulating hormone General FT Full-time General FTA fluorescent treponema antibody General FTA-ABS Fluorescent treponema antibody absorption test General FTSG full thickness skin graft General FU follow-up General FUDR floxuradine General FUO fever of unknown origin General FVC forced vital capacity General fx fracture General g or G or gm gram General G P General Practitioner Genera
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