a-fib, A-fib, Afib
Atrial fibrillation (a severe cardiac arrhythmia).
Alkaline phosphatase (a lab value for a chemical in the blood).
Appendectomy or appendicitis (excision of the appendix or infection/inflammation of the appendix).
Bicarbonate (one of the electrolytes, with sodium, potassium, and chloride).
Bilirubin (a lab value for liver function testing).
CBC with diff
CBC (complete blood count) with differential (percentages of different types of white cells in the blood)
Capsules (a form of medications).
Catheter or catheterization (a tube or the placement of tubes in the body).
Chemotherapy (treatment with chemical compounds, usually referring to cancer regimens).
Cholecystectomy (excision of the gallbladder).
Hematocrit (test for packed red cells in the blood).
Discontinue or discharge, past tense DC'd, sometimes dc/dc'd (acceptable in a clinic or nurse's note but not in a formal document).
Detoxification (treatment for acute alcohol abuse or other drug overuse).
Digoxin or digitalis; pronounced with a short I and g sounding like j (medication for cardiac problems.
Dipyridamole sestamibi (a nuclear x-ray exam).
double J stent
JJ stent (a surgical device for keeping tubes in place).
(recording of heart function by analyzing sound waves).
Eosinophils (white blood cells that are part of the CBC with differential).
Examination (evaluation, as in physical examination or Mental Status Examination).
Flexible sigmoidoscopy (inspection of the sigmoid, the S-shaped lower portion of the colon, with a flexible endoscopic instrument).
(a catheter commonly used during surgical procedures for draining urine from the bladder).
(a medication for the control of hypertension and edema).
Hematology/oncology (the medical specialty that deals with cancer and blood problems).
(the chemical symbol for the element potassium. This is acceptable usage.)
potassium chloride ( the chemical formula for potassium chloride; it's often given to cardiac patients whoes potassium is depleted by diuretic medications such as Lasix. This is an acceptable usuage)
Laceration (a cut produced by trauma).
Lymphocytes (another type of white blood cell included in the CBC with differential).
Electrolytes (usually sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate; they are blood chemistries evaluated in laboratory studies).
Magnesium (a chemical in the blood, also a medication given for some medical conditions, such as alcohol overdose).
Medications (drugs given to patients; pharmacopeia).
Metastases, singular met/metastasis (the spread of malignant neoplasm—cancer—from the primary site to one or more secondary sites).
milligrams, written as mg ( metric unit of measurement, the most common form of drug dosage )
Micrograms, written as mcg (metric unit of measurement smaller than the milligram, also used in some drug dosages).
Monocytes (white blood cells that are a part of the CBC with differential).
Nebulizers (an aerated form of medications given for pulmonary problems such as asthma).
Neurological or neuropsychiatry
(referring to the medical specialty or to the part of the physical exam that evaluates neurologic or central nervous
Neuropsychiatric or neuropsychiatry (pertaining to the study of the combination of neurology and psychiatry—often related, since both study brain function).
(the amount of oxygen present in the blood; measured by pulse oximetry).
(the study of the essential nature of disease, particularly as it relates to changes in tissues, organs, etc. Also the cause of disease.
Perforation (a hole, as in a perforated eardrum or perforated bowel).
(before an operation) Occasionally, but rarely, a dictator will use the term "preopped" (alternative spelling "preopp'd"). This is not really a short form for anytthing that can reasonably by expanded without rewriting the sentence. It is an example of a slang/jargon term that "more accurately communicates meaning" that any possible expansion of it would.
Postoperative (after an operation).
Prepared (a short form commonly used in surgical reports; e.g., "The patient was prepped and draped").
Psychiatry, psychology (the specialties that address the mind and mental processes).
Pulse oximetry (the process of determining oxygen saturation by use of machine measurements).
Regurgitation (flow in the opposite direction from normal, as in vomiting stomach contents or backward flow of the blood through vascular structures).
Rehabilitation (the process of restoring normal form and function after injury or illness by means of physical, psychosocial, vocational, or recreational activities).
Saturation (a measure of the degree to which oxygen is bound to the hemoglobin in the blood; it is given as a percentage, and reflects pulmonary function).
Sedimentation rate (a laboratory value related to the action of red blood cells).
Segmented neutrophils (white blood cells that are part of the CBC differential).
Total bilirubin (a bile pigment that is measured in liver function studies).
Tablets (a form of medication, pills).
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA, a cardiovascular anomaly).
Ventricular tachycardia (an increased ventricular heart rate).
Vocational rehabilitation (rehabilitation for those who need to retrain in a former or new vocation due to illness or injury).
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