Commonly used Medical abbreviations

Apex Beat
ABG Arterial Blood Gas
AFB Acid-fast Bacilli
Atrial Flutter/Fibrillation
AHF Anti-hemophilic Factor
AKA Above Knee Amputation
ALD Alcohol Liver Disease
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
Alanine Aminotransferase(formerly
Acute Myocardial Infarction
ANS Autonomic Nervous System
ANST After Negative Skin Test
AOG Age of Gestation
Adynamic Precordium
APTT Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
ARDS Acute/Adult Respiratory Distress
ARF Acute Renal/Acute Respiratory Failure;
Acute Rheumatic Fever
ASHD Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
AST Aspartate Aminotransferase (formerly
ATN Acute Tubular Necrosis
AVM Arteriovenous Malformation
Bronchial Asthma
Twice daily
BKA Below Knee Amputation
Both Lower Extremities
Both Lungs Field
Bowel Movement
BOV Blurring of Vision
BPH Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
BPM Beats per minute
BPP Biophysical Profile
BSA Body Surface Area
BSRTL Both sluggish reactive to light
Blood Transfusion
BUE Both Upper Extremeties
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen
BUR Back-Up Rate
Carcinoma; Community-acquired
CABG Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
CAD Coronary Artery Disease
CAP Community-acquired Pneumonia
CAT Computed Axial Tomography
CBC Complete Blood Count
CBG Capillaty Blood Glucose
CBS Clear Breath Sounds
CC/cc Chief Complaint
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
CHO Carbohydrate


Chronic Hypertensive Vascular Disease
Creatinine kinase
Cervical Lymph Adenopathy
Cephalic not in labor
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Central Pulmonary Airway Pressure
Creatinine clearance
Chronic Renal Failure
Capillary Refill Time
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Computed Tomography
Chest Tube Thoracostomy
Cardiovascular/ Cerebrovascular
CVD Cerebrovascular Disease
CVP Central Venous Pressure
CVS Cardiovascular System
CXR Chest X-ray
Discharge; discontinue
DCMP Dilated Cardiomyopathy
DHN Dehydration
DHS Distinct Heart Sound
Disseminated Intravascular
DKA Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Diabetis Mellitus
DOB Difficultly of Breathing
DOE Dyspnea on Exertion
Date of Injury
DTG Diffuse Toxic Goiter
DTR Deep Tendon Reflex
Essentially normal
EBRTL Equal briskly reactive to light
ECE Equal Chest Expansion
EEG Electroencephalogram
Ejection Fraction
EOM Extra Ocular Movement
ESRD End-stage Renal Disease
ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
Fairly developed
Functional Class, Foleycath
FEP Full Equal Pulses
FHT Fetal Heart Tone
Family History
Fairly nourished
Full Term
FTSVD Full Term Spontaneous Vaginal
FWB Fresh Whole Blood
GOPO Gravida para

Bladder KVO Keep vein open LA Left Atrium LAAL Left Anterior Axillary Line LDH Lactate Dehydrogenase LDL Low Density Lipoprotein LE Lower Extremities LFT Liver Function Tests LLE Left Lower Extremity LLL Left Lower Quadrant LLQ Left Lower Quadrant LMCA Left Mid Carotid Artery LMCL Left Mid Clavicular Line LMP Last Menstrual Period LOC Loss of Consciousness/Level Of consciousness LPF Lower power field LPM Liter per minute LPSB Left parasternal border LT Lumbar tap LUE Left Upper Extremity LUQ Left Upper Quadrant LV Left Ventricle LWI Latest Working Impression MG Myasthenia Gravis MGH May go home MOB Medications on Board MOI Mechanism of Injury MRI MagneticResonance Imaging MRS Methicillin-resistant Strain MV Mechanical Ventrilator MVP Mitral Valve Prolapse NABS Normoactive Bowel Sounds NBS Normal Bowel Sound NGT Nasogastric Tube NIAE Not in acute exacerbation NICRD Not in cardiorespiratory distress NIDDM Non-insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus NIL Not in labor NIR Non-insulin requiring NIRD Not in respiratory distress NNO No new orders NNS No new Suggestions NO Non-obese NORF No other remarkable findings NPO Nothing per orem NRRR Normal Rate Regular Rhythm NRTL Non-reactive to light NSAID Non-steroidal AntiinflammatoryDrug NSNI Non-septic non-induced NSTEMI Non-ST wave elevationMyocardial Infarction NSSTWC Non-specific ST-wave changes NV Neurovascular NVE Neck Vein Engorgement OB Occult Blood OCP Oral Contraceptive Pill OD Once daily/ Right eye OF Osterized Feeding OS Left eye OU Both eye P/SHx Personal/Social History PE Physical Examination PEEP Positive end expiratory Pressure PGO Partial Gut Obstruction PHx Personal History Plt Platelet PMP Post Menstrual Period PNB Pink Nail Beds PND Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea POI Place of Injury PRBC Packed Red Blood Cells PS Pressure Support PT Prothrombin Time PTA Prior to Admission . Throat HF Heart Failure Hgb Hemoglobin HHD Hypertensive Heart Disease HPI History of Present Illness HPN/HTN Hypertension HR Heart Rate HSV Herpes Simplex Virus Hx History I&O Intake & Output ICM Intracostal Margin ICS Intercostal Space IDDM Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus IE Infective Endocarditis IHD Ischemic Heart Disease INR International Normalized Ratio ITP Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura IVP Intravenous Pyelogram KUB Kidney. Ear.GBS Guillain Barre Syndrome GFR Glomerular Filtration Rate GI/GIT Gastrointestinal Tract GIN Gastrointestinal Nutrition GN Glomerulonephritis GS/CS Gram Stain/Culture Sensitivity HA Headache HAA Home Against Advice HAP Hospital-acquired Pneumonia HBP High Blood Pressure HDL High Density Lipoprotein Hct Hematocrit HEENT Head. Eyes. Nose. Ureter.

25-DHCC 1. Polyuria . regular and equal RRR Regular Rhythm and Rate RTC Round the Clock RUE Right Upper Extremity RUQ Right Upper Quadrant RV Right Ventricle RVR Rapid Ventricular Rate S/P Status Post SABE Sub-acute Bacterial Endocarditis SAH Sub-arachoid Hemorrhage SBP Systolic Blood Pressure SC Spinal Cord SC/SQ Subcutaneous SCI Spinal Cord Injury SCN Sternocleidomastoid SGOT Serum Glutamic Ovalo-Acetic Transaminase (also AST) SGPT Serum Glutamic PyruvicTransaminase (also ALT) SIADH Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosus SOB Shortness of Breath SrCr Serum Creatinine SSS Sick Sinus Syndrome SVT Supra-ventricular Tachycardia T/C To consider TCVS Thoracic Carrdiovascular Surgery TFI Total Fluid Intake TIA Transient Ischemic Attack TKVO To keep vein open TOH Time of Injury TPC Tonsilopharyngeal Congestion TPR Temperature. pulse.25-dihydrocholecalciferol 25-HCC 25-hydrocholecalciferol 3P’s Polyphagia. Polydipsia. Respiratory Failure RHD Rheumatic Heart Disease RLE Right Lower Extremity RMCA Right mid-carotid artery RMI Regular Menstrual Interval ROR Red orange reflect ROS Review of Systems RR Respiratory Rate RRE Round. Respiration TSB Tepid sponge bathe TTHD Thyrotoxic Heart Disease TVP Transvenous pacemaker Tx/Txic Treatment U/A Urinalysis UBP Usual Blood Pressure UE Upper Extremities UGIB Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding UO Urine Output URTI Upper Respiratory Tract Infection UTI Urinary Tract Infection VA Vehicular Accident VF Visual field VS Vital signs WNL Within normal limits WOF Watch out for 1.PTB Pulmonary Tuberculosis PTC Prior to Consult PTH Parathyroid Hormone PTO/PTOR Prior to Operation PTT Partial Thromboplastin Time PU Pregnancy Uterine PUD Peptic Ulcer Disease PVC Premature Ventricular Contraction PVT Paroxysmal VentricularTachycardia PWI Present working Impression R/O Rule out RA Right atrium RBC Red Blood Cells RBS Random Blood Sugar RCM Right costal margin RF Renal Failure.