Glossary of Terms / Abbreviations

BMIBody Mass Index
BMR Basic Metabolic Rate 
C/O Complaining of 
C2H5OH Alcohol 
CHD Coronary Heart Disease 
CN 2-12 Cranial nerves 2-12 – a way of describing nerves in the head and neck 
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
DP Dorsalis Pedis- one of the pulses in your feet 
ECG Electrocardiogram 
eGFR Estimated Gloerular Filtration Rate – an estimate of kidney function 
ENT Ear, Nose and Throat 
FBC Full blood count – blood test checking haemoglobin levels, white cells and platelets 
FROM Full range of movement 
FU Follow up 
IHD Ischaemic Heart Disease 
LBP Low Back Pain 
LFTs Liver function tests – an indication of how your liver is doing 
MAP Morning after pill (emergency contraception) or Mean Arterial Pressure 
Med 3 A fit (sick) note from the date of the signature – should state cause and how long it lasts 
Med 4 Another type of sick note 
Med 5 A sick note that has been backdated 
MI Myocardial Infarction or “heart attack” 
MSSU Mid stream specimen of urine 
MVA Motor vehicle accident 
NAD Nothing Abnormal Detected 
NSAID Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug e.g. ibuprofen, aspirin 
O/E  On examination
PRN As required 
PT Posterior Tibial pulse – another pulse in your feet 
Pt Patient 
R/V  Review 
R/V 1/12 Review in 1 month 
R/V 1/52 Review in 1 week 
R/V 3/7 Review in 3 days 
Rx Prescription / Treatment 
Sn Sick note – same as Med 3 
SOB Shortness of Breath 
Sx Symptoms – what the patient has been complaining of 
TAAT Tired all the time 
TFTs Thyroid function blood tests 
TIATransient ischaemic attack – often referred to as a mini stroke 
TOP Termination of pregnancy 
U&Es Urea and elctrolytes – blood test checking the salt and kidney function in your blood 
USS or U/S Ultrasound scan 
UTI Urinary Tract Infection 

If you come across any abbreviations that you do not understand please contact Dr Hannan by e-mailing him on [email protected] who will explain them to you and also add to this list for others to benefit from it too.

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