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Abbreviation Meaning
24hrECG 24 hour electrocardiogram
ABPI ankle blood pressure index
ACE angiotensin converting enzyme
ACR albumin-creatinine ratio
ACRRM Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
ACS acute coronary syndrome
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADLs activities of daily living
ADT adult diphtheria-tetanus vaccine
AFB acid fast bacilli (tuberculosis) AF atrial fibrillation
alb albumin
Anti CCP anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody
ARB angiotensin receptor blocker
b.d. twice a day (bis die)
bHCG beta human chorionic gonadotropin
bili bilirubin BMI body mass index
BP blood pressure
bpm beats per minute
BSL blood sugar level
CABG coronary artery bypass grafting
CHA2DS2VASc calculates risk of ischaemic stroke
Chol cholesterol
CI confidence interval
CK creatine kinase
Cl chloride Coags coagulation tests
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COX2 inhibitors cyclo-oxygenase 2 inhibitors
CPD continuing professional development
Creat creatinine CRP C-reactive protein
CST cervical screening test
CT computerised tomography
CXR chest X-ray
dTpa diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine adult formulation
DNA did not attend
DMARDs disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
DVT deep venous thrombosis
ECG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
EDNOS eating disorder not otherwise specified
ELISA enzyme linked immunosorbent assay
EPDS Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Score
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
FAI free androgen index
FBC/E full blood count/examination
FEV1 forced expiratory volume in 1 second
FODMAPs fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols
FSH follicle stimulating hormone
FVC forced vital capacity
GA general anaesthetic
GCS Glasgow coma scale
GGT gamma-glutamyl transferase
GP general practitioner
GPM gravida, parity, miscarriages
GTN glyceryl trinitrate
GTT glucose tolerance test
HAS-BLED calculates the risk of bleeding from anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation
Hb haemoglobin
HbA1c haemoglobin A1c
HCO3 bicarbonate
HDLChol high density lipoprotein cholesterol
Hep B hepatitis B
Hep C hepatitis C
Hib haemophilus influenzae type B vaccination
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HPV human papillomavirus
HRT hormone replacement therapy
HZV herpes zoster vaccine
IBS irritable bowel syndrome
IM intramuscular injection
INR international normalised ratio
IUCD intrauterine contraceptive device
IV intravenous
JVP jugular venous pulse
K potassium
kg kilogram
LBP lower back pain
LDH/LH lactate dehydrogenase
LDLChol low density lipoprotein cholesterol
LFTs liver function tests
LH luteinising hormone
LMP first day of last menstrual period
LSCS lower segment Caesarean section
LUTS lower urinary tract symptoms
m metre
mane in the morning
MCS microscopy, culture and sensitivity
MCP metacarpophalangeal joints
MCV mean cell volume
mg milligram
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MSU midstream urine
MTHFR methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase
MTP metatarsophalangeal joints
MVA motor vehicle accident
Na sodium
NAAT nucleic acid amplification test
NAD no abnormality detected
NH&MRC National Health and Medical Research Council
NIDDM non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
NIPT non-invasive pre-natal testing
nocte at night
NPS National Prescribing Service
NRT nicotine replacement therapy
NSAIDs non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
OA osteoarthritis
OCP oral contraceptive pill
ocp ova, cysts and parasites
od once a day
OGTT oral glucose tolerance test
OTC over the counter—medication bought from a pharmacy without a prescription
Pap Papanicolaou
PBS Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme
PCOS polycystic ovarian syndrome
PCR polymerase chain reaction
PEFR peak expiratory flow rate
PMH past medical history
PND paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea
PR per rectum
PrEP pre-exposure prophylaxis
prn as and when needed (pro re nata)
Prot protein
PSA prostate specific antigen
qds four times a day (quarter die sumendus)
RACGP Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
RDW red cell distribution width
RFDS Royal Flying Doctor Service
RPR rapid plasma reagin test for syphilis
RR relative risk
sc subcutaneous
SHBC steroid hormone binding globulin
SLR straight leg raising
SOB shortness of breath
SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
STI sexually transmitted infection
SVD spontaneous vaginal delivery
TB tuberculosis
TCA tricyclic antidepressant
tds three times a day (ter die sumendus)
temp temperature
TFTs thyroid function tests
TIA transient ischaemic attack
TMJ temporomandibular joint
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
TURP transurethral resection of prostate
UEC urea, electrolytes and creatinine
Vit D Vitamin D
WHO World Health Organization
WONCA World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians aka World Organization of Family Doctors

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