This is a list of frequently used medical abbreviations.


ABPA Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
ACE Angiotensin converting enzyme
ACTH Adrenocorticotrophic hormone
ADH Antidiuretic hormone
AF Atrial fibrillation
AFB Acid-fast bacillus
AIDS Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
Alk phos Alkaline phosphatase
AMP Adenosine monophosphate
ANF Antinuclear factor
ARDS Adult respiratory distress syndrome
ASD Atrial septal defect
ASO Antistreptolysin O
AST Aspartate tansaminase
ATN Acute tubular necrosis
AV Atrioventricular
AVR Aortic valve replacement
AXR Abdominal X-Ray (plain)
Ba Barium
BCR British comparative ratio (=INR)
BMJ British Medical Journal
BNF British National Formulary
BP Blood pressure
BP↑ Hypertension
Ca Carcinoma
CABG Coronary artery bypass graft
cAMP Cyclic AMP
CBD Common bile duct
CCF Congestive cardiac failure (LVF + RVF)
CCU Coronary care unit
CHD Coronary heart disease
CHF Congestive heart failure
CI* Contraindications
CK Creatine kinase
CLL Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
CML Chronic myeloic leukaemia
CMV Cytomegalovirus
CNS Central nervous system
COAD Chronic obstructive airway disease
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR Cardio pulmonary resuscitation
CRF Chronic renal failure
CSF Cerebrospinal fluid
CT Computed tomography*
CVA Cardiovascular accident
CVP Central venous pressure
CVS Cardiovascular system
CXR Chest X-Ray

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