Medword Resources: Medical Abbreviations

Medical Abbreviations: D-H

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.

D&V diarrhea and vomiting
D/C discharge
D/W discussed with
DD differential diagnosis
DH drug history
DIC disseminated intravascular coagulation
DIP distal interphalangeal
DOB date of birth
DU duodenal ulcer
DVT deep venous thrombosis
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
ECG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
EMG electromyography
EMU early morning urine
Ep epilepsy
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
F/U follow up
FBC full blood count
FDP fibrin degradation product
FEV1 forced expiratory volume in 1 second
FFP fresh frozen plasma
FH family history
FOB fecal occult blood
FSH follicle stimulating hormone
FUO fever of unknown origin
FVC forced vital capacity
GABA gamma-aminobutyric acid
GFR glomerular filtration rate
GGT gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase
GH growth hormone
GIS gastrointestinal system
GN glomerulonephritis
GP general practitioner
G, g, or gm gram
GTN glycerol trininitrate
GUS genito-urinary system
GVH graft versus host disease
HBV hepatitis B virus
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HLA human leucocyte antigen
HOCM hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
HPC history of presenting complaint
HR heart rate
HRT hormone replacement therapy
HS heart sounds
HSV herpes simplex virus
HT hypertension
Hx history

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