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a-fib, A-fib, or AFib

Atrial fibrillation (a severe cardiac arrhythmia)

2

alk phos

Alkaline phosphatase (a lab value for a chemical in the blood)

3

appy

Appendectomy or appendicitis (excision of the appendix or infection/inflammation of the appendix)

4

bicarb

Bicarbonate (one of the electrolytes, with sodium, potassium, and chloride)

5

bili

bilirubin (a lab value for liver function testing)

6

CBC with diff

CBC (complete blood count) with differential (the percentages of different types of white cells in the blood).

7

caps

Capsules (a form of medications)

8

cath

Catheter or catheterization (a tube or the placement of tubes in the body).

9

chemo

Chemotherapy (treatment with chemical compounds, usually referring to cancer regimens)

10

crit

Hematocrit (test for packed red cells in the blood)

11

DC

Discontinue or discharge, past tense DC's sometimes dc/dc'd (acceptable in a clinic or nurse's note but not in a formal document)

12

detox

Detoxification

13

dig

Digoxin or digitals; pronounced with a short i & g like j (medication for cardiac problems)

14

dis sesta

Dipyridamole sestabmibi (a nuclear x-ray exam)

15

double J stent

JJ stent (surgical device for keeping tubes in place)

16

echo

echocardiogram (record of heart function by analyzing sound waves)

17

eos

Eosinophils (white blood cells that are part of the CBC with differential)

18

exam

Examination

19

flex sig

Flexible sigmoidoscopy (inspection of the sigmoid, the S-shaped lower portion of the colon, with a flexible endoscopic instrument)

20

Foley

Foley catheter (a catheter commonly used during surgical procedures for draining urine from the bladder)

21

HCTZ

Hydrochlorothiazide (a medication for the control of hypertension and edema).

22

hem/onc

Hematology/oncology (the medical specialty that deals with cancer and blood problems)

23

hep C (A, B)

Hepatitis C (A, B) (liver disease characterized by infection and inflammation)

24

K

Potassium (the chemical symbol for the element potassium. This is an acceptable usage.)

25

KCl

Potassium chloride (the chemical formula for potassium chloride; it is often given to cardiac patients whose potassium is depleted by diuretic medications, such as Lasix. This is an acceptable usage.)

26

lac

laceration (a cut produced bu a trauma)

27

lymphs

Lymphocytes (another type of white blood cells included in the CBC with differential)

28

lytes

Electrolytes (usually sodium, potassium, chloride, & bicarbonate; they are blood chemistries evaluated in laboratory studies)

29

mag

Magnesium (a chemical in the blood, also a medication given for some medical conditions, such as alcohol overdose)

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meds

medications (drugs given to patients; pharmacopeia)