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These are just some of the many abbreviations that medical transcriptionists must use in their daily work. There are thousands of abbreviations in medicine with regional and international variations as well as abbreviations sometimes having more than one meaning. This is why a reference book of abbreviations is considered a “must have” book for MTs. Most professional MTs wouldn't think of working without their Stedman's Book of Abbreviations, Acronyms, & Symbols.

N/Anot applicable
NADno abnormality detected
NAPneutrophil alkaline phosphatase
NBMnil by mouth
NGTnasogastric tube
NMRnuclear magnetic resonance
nocteat night
NOFneck of femur
nponil per os (nil by mouth)
NSAIDnon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
NYDnot yet diagnosed
O/Doverdose
O/Eon examination
OAosteoarthritis
OD or o.d.once daily
OGTToral glucose tolerance test
P/Cpresenting complaint
PApulmonary artery
PABApara-aminobenzoic acid
PASp-aminosalicylic acid
PBCprimary biliary cirrhosis
PCPpneumocystis carinii pneumonia
PCVpacked cell volume
PDApatent ductus arteriosus
PEpulmonary embolism
PEFRpeek expiratory flow rate
PIDpelvic inflammatory disease
PIPproximal interphalangeal
PMpost-mortem
PMHpast medical history
PNDparoxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea
per os PO , by mouth)
PPDpurified protein derivative
PPPperipheral pulses palpable
PPSplasma protein solution
PRper rectum
PRN, p.r.n., or prnpro re nata ("as needed," in Latin)
PRVpolycythaemia rubra vera
PTpatient or prothrombin time
PTHparathyroid hormone
PTTpartial thromboplastin time
PTTKpartial thromboplastin time with kaolin
PUOpyrexia of unknown origin
PUVApsoralen ultraviolet A
PVper vaginam
PVDperipheral vascular disease

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