Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fun with medical abbreviations

16 comments:

  1. Haha, awesome.

    I found out about "N/V/D" the other day. Totally spent 5 minutes trying to make it make sense. ("Nerve, vein... d..eep lymphatics?")

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  2. Or neutral protamine Hagedorn.

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  3. haha Dr. Grumpy, my PhysDx preceptor just told us this week about "within normal limits = we never looked." then he proceeded to warn us that if we ever pulled that trick on HIM...

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  4. CTD and FLK ("circling the drain" and "funny looking kid") are two of my favorites. On another note, the picture for F/U and SOB are interchangeable, I think...

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  5. You mean everyone doesn't already know what NPH is? ;)

    More seriously, had a bit of a disconnect talking to my father's nephrologist last week, when we mentioned his NPH was controlled. I never knew it could somehow be an abbreviation for insulin therapy of some kind. It's even funnier, considering that his nephrologist has been seeing my dad since his NPH first put him into the hospital.

    (He did twig after a moment, but for about five minutes had the distinct impression of talking past each other.)

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  6. ADR = Ain't Doin' Right

    FUBUNDY = F*ed Up But Unfortunately Not Dead Yet

    Oh, wait, are those just for animals?

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  7. Boehner is more topical, but less recognizable, so I went with Bush :)

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  8. Mike: That's pretty funny :) I was certain someone would mention that NPH could also be insulin, but in my line of work it's usually hydrocephalus.

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  9. This has actually happened a couple of times with me.. Wanted to Google more information on NPH, and kept landing on pages about Neil Patrick Harris. Took me a while to get what was happening (since it was beyond my imagination that NPH could stand for anything besides normal pressure hydrocephalus!) :D
    And SOB... oh dear.. Lets just say I will never forget my first internal medicine ward posting!

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