medical transcription abbreviations and word lists

Medical Transcription Word Lists
And Abbreviations


These are just my own personal abbreviation and word lists I made and maintained while going through my medical transcription course. There may be errors (but I hope not!). If you want to know more about me and how I came to put together this site, click here to read more.

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Diseases and Syndromes:

AAA - abdominal aortic aneurysm
AIDS - acquired immune deficiency syndrome
ALL - acute lymphocytic leukemia (acute lymphoblastic leukemia)
ARDS - adult respiratory distress syndrome
BPH - benign prostatic hypertrophy
CA - cancer or carcinoma
CF - cystic fibrosis
CHF - congestive heart failure
CMV - cytomegalovirus
COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CVA - cerebrovascular accident
DISH - diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
DJD - degenerative joint disease
DM - diabetes mellitus
DVT - deep venous (or vein) thrombosis
FCD - fibrocystic disease
GERD - gastroesophageal reflux disease
HMD - hyaline membrane disease
HNP - herniated nucleus pulposus
IDDM - insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
ILD - interstitial lung disease
MS - multiple sclerosis
PTSD - post-traumatic stress disorder
RA - rheumatoid arthritis
RSD - reflex sympathetic dystrophy
RSV - respiratory syncytial virus
SIDS - sudden infant death syndrome
SLE - systemic lupus erythematosus
TIA - transient ischemic attack
URI - upper respiratory infection
UTI - urinary tract infection

Rooms and Departments:

ER - emergency room
CCU - coronary care unit
ICU - intensive care unit
NICU - neonatal intensive care unit
OR - operating room
PICU - pediatric intensive care unit
SICU - surgical intensive care unit
ENT - ears, nose, and throat
GE - gastroenterology
GYN - gynecology
OB - obstetrics
OT - occupational therapy
PT - physical therapy

Miscellaneous Abbreviations:

ADA - American Diabetes Association
ADL - activities of daily living
AMA - against medical advice
ASA - acetylsalicylic acid
AVM - arteriovenous malformation
CLL - chronic lymphocytic leukemia
CPAP - continuous positive airway pressure
CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation
DC - discontinue or discharge
DT - delirium tremens
DOB - date of birth
ESWL - extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy
GE - gastroesophageal
HCTZ - hydrochlorothiazide
H&P - history and physical
HPI - history of present illness
IOL - intraocular lens
ITP - idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
LLL - left lower lobe
LOC - loss of consciousness
MDI - metered dose inhaler
NKDA - no known drug allergies
NPO - nothing by mouth
Phen-fen - phentermine-fenfluramine
PND - paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
subq - subcutaneous
SOB - shortness of breath
TPN - total parenteral nutrition


EDC - estimated date of confinement
AC - acromioclavicular
AC - abdominal circumference
LAO - left anterior oblique
OMB - obtuse marginal branch

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