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Chapter 12 -- The Respiratory System Abbreviations

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