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Alphabet Soup - Some interesting common medical terms and acronyms

March 25, 2017


While some medical terms and acronyms are easy to decipher some are complex, some are funny and some are just impossible to remember. The acronym ARF (acute renal failure) while a dire diagnosis, makes me chuckle every time I see it documented. Make detecting medical documentation easier by recognizing common medical terms and acronyms.  As published by AAPC in this April 2017 Healthcare Business Monthly (volume 4 number 4) below are a list of common pulmonary documentation medical terms and acronyms:


ABG          Arterial blood gas

BiPAP       Bi-level positive airway pressure

CF             Cystic fibrosis

CB             Chronic bronchitis

COPD        Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease   

CPR           Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CXR           Chest X-ray

DAD           Diffuse alveolar damage

HAPE         High altitude pulmonary edema

LRI             Lower respiratory tract infection

OLD            Obstructive or occupational lung disease

OSA            Obstructive sleep apnea

PAP            Positive airway pressure

PH              Pulmonary hypertension

PI                Pulmonary insufficiency

RT               Respiratory therapist or therapy

SOB            Shortness of Breath

TLC            Total lung capacity

URI             Upper respiratory infection










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