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Appendectomy or appendicitis (excision of the appendix or infection/inflammation of the appendix).
CBC with diff
CBC (complete blood count) with differential (percentages of different types of white 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).
Digoxin or digitalis; pronounced with a short I and g sounding like j (medication for cardiac problems.
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).
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)
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).
Metastases, singular met/metastasis (the spread of malignant neoplasm—cancer—from the primary site to one or more secondary sites).
Micrograms, written as mcg (metric unit of measurement smaller than the milligram, also used in some drug dosages).
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 study of the essential nature of disease, particularly as it relates to changes in tissues, organs, etc. Also the cause of disease.
(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.
Prepared (a short form commonly used in surgical reports; e.g., "The patient was prepped and draped").
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).
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