Chapter 12 -- The Respiratory System Abbreviations

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The Language of Medicine (10th ed.), Chabner.

ABG

Arterial blood gas.

AFB

Acid-fast bacillus.

ARDS

Acute respiratory distress syndrome.

BAL

Bronchoalveolar lavage.

Bronch

Bronchoscopy.

CF

Cystic fibrosis.

CO2

Carbon dioxide.

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure.

CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

C&S

Culture and sensitivity testing.

CTPA

Computed tomography pulmonary angiography.

CXR

Chest x-ray

DLCO

Diffusion capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide.

DOE

Dyspnea on exertion.

DPT

Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus.

FEV1

Forced expiratory volume in 1 second.

FVC

Forced vital capacity.

ICU

Intensive Care Unit.

LLL

Left lower lobe.

LUL

Left upper lobe.

MDI

Metered-dose inhaler.

NSCLC

Non-small lung cancer.

O2

Oxygen.

OSA

Obstructive sleep apnea.

PaCO2

Carbon dioxide partial pressure.

PaO2

Oxygen partial pressure.

PCP

Pneumocytis pneumonia.

PE

Pulmonary embolism.

PEP

Positive expiratory pressure.

PEEP

Positive end-expiratory pressure.

PFT

Pulmonary function test.

PND

Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea.

PPD

Purified protein derivative.

RDS

Respiratory distress syndrome.

RLL

Right lower lobe.

RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus.

RUL

Right upper lobe.

RV

Residual volume.

SABA

Short-acting beta agonist.

SCLC

Small cell lung cancer.

SOB

Shortness of breath.

TB

Tuberculosis.

TLC

Total lung capacity.

URI

Upper respiratory infection.

VT

Tidal volume.

VATS

Video-assisted thoracic surgery.

VC

Vital capacity.

V/Q scan

Ventilation of perfusion scan.

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