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Medical Assessment Abbreviations

Common medical assessment abbreviations separated into two categories: diagnostic testing and health assessment. ‘Diagnostic testing’ refers to various test types and molecular levels that can be requested to assess and diagnose patients. ‘Health assessment’ refers to the various physical conditions and their descriptions.

Diagnostic Testing  
ac phos, ACP acid phosphatase
AFP alpha fetoprotein
A/G albumin-globulun ratio
alk phos, ALP alkaline phosphatase
ALT alanine aminotransferase (SGPT)
ANA antinuclear antibodies
APPT, aPPT activated partial thromboplastine time
ASO, ASL-O antistreptolysin-O
AST aspartate aminotransferase (SGOT)
BT bleeding time
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Ca calcium
CAT, CT computed axial tomography
CBC complete blood count
CEA carcinoembryonic antigen
Chol cholesterol
Cl chloride
CPK creatine phosphokinase
creat creatinine
CRP C-reactive protein
CXR chest x-ray
DEXA dual energy x-ray absorptiometry
diff differential (blood count)
DR diagnostic radiography
DSA digital subtraction angiography
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ECHO echocardiography
EEG electroencephalogram
ESR, sed rate erythrocyte sedimentation rate
FBS fasting blood sugar
GTT glucose tolerance test
HCR, crit hematocrit
HDI high-definition imaging
HDL high-density lipoprotein
Hgb hemoglobin
K potassium
LDH lactate dehydrogenase
LDL low-density lipoprotein
lytes electrolytes
MCH mean corpuscular hemoglobin
MCHC mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration
MCV mean corpuscular volume
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MUGA multiple-gated acquisition scanning  
Na sodium
PCV packed-cell volume
PET positron emission tomography
PFT pulmonary function test
pH hydrogen ion concentration
plats, PLT platelets
PT, pro. Time prothrombin time
PTT partial thromboplastin time
RAIU, RIU radioactive iodine uptake
RAST radioallergosorbent test
RBC red blood cell, red blood count
RDW red (cell) distribution width
RIA radioimmunoassay
RIFA radioimmunofluorescence assay
SMA sequential multiple analysis
SPECT single-photon-emission computed tomography
sp gr, SG specific gravity
T&C type & crossmatch
TFT thyroid function test
trig triglycerides
TT thrombin time
UA, U/A urinalysis
U/S, US ultrasound
VLDL very-low-density lipoprotein
WBC white blood cell, white blood count
XR x-ray
Health Assessment  
abn, abnorm abnormal
amb amulatory
A&O x 4 alert & oriented to person, place, time & date
A/O, A&O alert and oriented
A&P auscultation and palpation, auscultation and percussion
Asx, ASX asymptomatic
aus, auscul auscultation
A&W alive and well
BP blood pressure
CA chronological age
C&A conscious and alert
CC, c/o chief complaint, complains of
DOB, D/B date of birth
DU diagnosis undetermined
Dx, diag diagnosis
Ex, exam examination
F female
FH, FHx family history
FOD free of disease
F/U, FU follow-up
FU fever of unknown origin
h/o history of
H&P history and physical
Ht, h height
Hx, H history
IBW ideal body weight
IPPA inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation
IQ intelligence quotient
L&W living and well
LWD living with disease
M male
MA mental age
MHx, MH medical history
NAD no appreciable disease, no apparent distress/disease, nothing abnormal detected
NC, N/C no complaints
ND not diagnosed
NDF no disease found
NED no evidence of disease
NKDA no known allergies
norm normal
NVS neurological vital signs
NYD not yet diagnosed
P pulse
P&A, P/A percussion & auscultation
palp palpation
PE, PEx, PX physical examination
PH poor health
PH, Px, PHx past history
PI present illness
PMH, PMHx past medical history
PMI past medical illness
PPHx previous psychiatric history
prog, progn, Px prognosis
Pt patient
R respiration
R.O, RO rule out
ROS review of systems
RVC responds to verbal commands
SOAP subjective, objective, assessment, plan (problem-oriented record)
SOI severity of illness
SONP soft organs not palpable
S/S signs & symptoms
Sx symptoms, signs
T temperature
TPR temperature, pulse & respiration
Tx, reat, tr treatment
UCHD, UCD usual childhood diseases
U/O, UO under observation
VS, v/s vital signs
WDWN well-developed, well-nourished
WNL within normal limits
wt weight
X&D examination & diagnosis
y, yr year
y/o years old
YOB year of birth

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