Friday, August 25, 2017

WTF abbreviations

These are three more abbreviations I saw in a single discharge summary yesterday that I couldn't figure out without google:




I really do think there should be a list of standard abbreviations that are acceptable and everything else should be spelled out.


  1. Perfectly clear to me:
    WBXRT - Wanda's a buxum x-ray technicion
    CRAO - Cranium is round and oval
    PSC - Phlebotomists speedy and cheerful

  2. Weight-bearing x-ray trolley
    Chair retains awful odor
    Pubis sin crabs

  3. I got the first two but "Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis" ?

    Definitely not common enough conditions to warrant abbreviations.

  4. If they have any diagnoses added by an ophthalmologist, CRAO is a Central Retinal Artery Occlusion, and PSC is a Posterior Subcapsular Cataract.
    CRAO is a terrible diagnosis, essentially a stroke of the eye, and the patient's retina is dead, so they will have almost no vision in the affected eye wver again.
    PSC cataract is a type of cataract that is treated with standard cataract surgery. We like to describe the cataract because they have different features and affect vision in slightly different ways, but the surgery is exactly the same.

  5. Oh, for pity's sale/ These are just ridiculous

  6. In case anyone is interested:

    WBXRT: Whole Brain radiation therapy

    CRAO: Central Retinal Artery Occlusion

    PSC: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis