ompilation Of Pulmonary Definitions



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  A1AD Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Emphysema
AAT Alpha1 Antitrypsin protein
ABG Arterial Blood Gases
AIP Acute Interstitial Pneumonitis
AM Alveolar Macrophage
AMA Against Medical Advice
APE Acute Pulmonary Edema
ARDS Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
ATRA All-Trans Retinoic Acid

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  BAL Bronchoalveolar Lavage
BiPAP Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure
BMD Bone Mineral Density
BO Bronchiolitis Obliterans
BOOP Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia
BP Blood Pressure
BPD Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

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CAT or CT Computerized Axial Tomography
CCS Corticosteroids
CF Cystic Fibrosis
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
CLD Chronic Lung Disease
CO Carbon Monoxide
CO2 Carbon Dioxide
COAD Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease
COLD Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease 
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
C/P Cardiopulmonary
CPAP Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPFT Certified Pulmonary Function Technician
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPT Chest Physical Therapy
CRT Certified Respiratory Therapist
CTD Close To Death
CXR Chest X-Ray

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DAD Diffuse Alveolar Damage
DIP Desquamative Interstitial Pneumonitis
DLCO Diffusing Capacity of Carbon Monoxide
DNI Do Not Intubate
DNR Do Not Resuscitate
DOE Dyspnea On Exertion
DPAP Demand Positive Airway Pressure
DPI Dry Powder Inhaler
Dx Diagnosis

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ECG or EKG Electrocardiogram
ECHO Echocardiogram
ECMO Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator
EEG Electroencephalogram
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
ENT Ear, Nose & Throat
ERV Expiratory Reserve Volume
ET Endotracheal Tube

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FEF Forced Expiratory Flow
FEFMAX Forced Expiratory Flow at Maximum Effort
FEV1 Forced Expiratory Volume in the first second following maximum inhalation
FOX Finger (Pulse) Oximetry
FPF Familial Pulmonary Fibrosis
FRC Functional Residual Capacity
FVC Forced Vital Capacity

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GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
GI GastroIntestinal

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HEENT Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat
HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Air (filter or mask)
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HR Heart Rate
HRCT High Resolution CT Scan
HSP Hypersensitivity Pneumonia/(..itis)

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IC Inspiratory Capacity
ICS Immotile Cilia Syndrome
ICU Intensive Care Unit
IEI Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (was MCS)
IMT Inspiratory Muscle Trainer
ILD Interstitial Lung Disease
IPF Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
IRV Inspiratory Reserve Volume

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LAM Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
LIP Lymphocytic Interstitial Pneumonitis
LOX Liquid Oxygen
LPM Litres Per Minute (O2 flow rate)
LRCP Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner
LRI Lower Respiratory Tract Infection
LVRS Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

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MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
MDI Metered Dose Inhaler
MET Metabolic equivalents
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MVV Maximal Voluntary Ventilation

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NC Nasal Cannula
NETT National Emphysema Treatment Trial
NPPV Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
NSAID Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
NT Nasotracheal

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O2 Oxygen
OA Occupational Asthma
ODTS Organic Dust Toxic Syndrome
OLB Open Lung Biopsy
OLD Occupational Lung Disease
OSA Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OTC Over-The-Counter (no prescription required)

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PA Pulmonary Artery
PAP Positive Airway Pressure
PAP Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
PCD Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
PCO2 Partial Pressure of Carbon Dioxide in Blood
PE Physical Examination
PE Pulmonary Edema
PE Pulmonary Embolism (or Embolus)
PEEP Positive End Expiratory Pressure
PEFR Peak Expiratory Flow Rate

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PEP Positive Expiratory Pressure
PF Pulmonary Fibrosis
PFM Peak Flow Meter
PFT Pulmonary Function Tests
PH Pulmonary Hypertension (secondary)
pH Measurement of blood alkalinity or acidity
PI Pulmonary Insufficiency
PID Primary ImmunoDeficiency
PLB Pursed Lip Breathing

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PND Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea
PND Post Nasal Drip (or Discharge)
PO2 Oxygen tension in arterial blood
PPH Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
PPV Positive Pressure Ventilation
PR Pulmonary Rehabilitation
PSV Pressure Support Ventilation
PT Physical or Pulmonary Therapy (or Therapist)
PTLD Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder
PTX Pneumothorax

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QOL Quality Of Life

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R/O Rule Out
RAD Reactive Airway Disease or Dysfunction
RDS Respiratory Distress Syndrome
RPE Rating of Perceived Exertion
RPFT Registered Pulmonary Function Technician
RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist
RT Respiratory Therapy (or Therapist)
RV Residual Volume
Rx Treatment or Therapy (prescription)

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SaO2 Arterial blood-oxygen saturation
SOB Short Of Breath
SP Spontaneous Pneumothorax
SvO2 Venous blood-oxygen saturation
SX Symptoms

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TLC Total Lung Capacity
TPR Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
TTO2 Transtracheal Oxygen
TV Tidal Volume (aka VT)
TX Transplant (aka XP)

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UIP Usual Interstitial Pneumonitis
URI Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

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VATS Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery
VC Vital Capacity
VT Tidal Volume (aka TV)

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WOB Work of Breathing

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XP Transplant (aka TX)

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Special thanks to Dusty (RRT) and Sharon  (Pulmo Rehab RN) for review of this glossary

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