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A good idea !

I thought if we started on the forum, people can add their suggestions which any moderator can edit in. It will save duplicate mails too.

We can then pin it somewhere

There may be better ways of setting it out than this.
Corrections welcome


General medical abbreviations, see

Numerous sites give values including this one, however read labtestsonline explanation of why they don't. Lab test results have to be interpreted by a doctor along with all other indications. Blood test results alone do not constitute diagnosis albeit very useful.

Types of Lupus

SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
CCLE Chronic Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosis
( mainly discoid but there are other sorts

DLE Discoid

( A particular sort of lupus skin lesion. Sometimes still incorrectly used to mean any sort of lupus skin that's not the malar rash associated with SLE)

DILE Drug induced

SCLE Subacute Cutaneous
NLE Neonatal

NPLE Neuro-psychiatric

Connective Tissue diseases

UCTD Undifferentiated tissue disease
MCTD Mixed connective tissue disease

RA Rheumatoid arthritis

SjS Sjogren's Syndrome

SSc Systemic Scleroderma also abbreviated Sclero
Other conditions

AIH autoimmune hepatitis/lupoid hepatitis

APS antiphospholipid syndrome

CFS chronic fatigue syndrome

EBV Epstein Barr Virus

IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome

ITP idiopathic or immune thrombocytopenic purpura

FMS Fibromyalgia syndrome

Hughes Syndrome antiphospholipid syndrome

ME myalgic encephalitis ( aka yuppie flu )

MS Multiple scelerosis

"Sticky Blood" - APS/Hughes syndrome

TIA transient ischemic attack
TTP thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
TMJ= temporomandibular joint (Jaw joint).
Other common abbreviations.

ABs antibodies
ACLs anti cardiolipin antibodies

ANA antinuclear antibodies
APLs antiphospholipid antibodies

BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BUN blood urea nitrogen

CBC Complete Blood Count

CNS Central Nervous System

CRP C reactive protein

CT Cat scan ( computer assisted topography)

dRVVT dilute Russell viper venom time
- DNA antibodies to DNA

DVT deep vein thrombosis
Dx diagnosis

ECG electrocardiogram

EMG electromyelogram

ENT ear, nose and throat

ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate ( SED

FP family practice doctor

GI gastro intestinal
GP general practitioner

Ig immuno globulin
IM intra muscular
INR international normalised ratio

IV intra venous
-Jo antibodies associated with myositis

-La anti Lane antigen ( name of patient in which first identified)
LAC lupus anticoagulant
LFT liver function tests

MRI magnetic resonance imaging (scan)

PCP primary care physician
PE pulmonary embolism
PET scan
PT prothrombin time
Px prescription

RBC red blood cell count
-RNP anti ribonuclear protein
-Ro anti Rose antigen (name of patient in which first identified)

Rx treatment

SED blood sedimentation (ESR)

-Sm anti Smith antigen ( name of patient in which first identified)

-SM smooth muscle
-SS-A anti Sjogren's Syndrome A (anti Ro)
-SS-B " " " B ( anti La

TMJ temporo-mandibular joint ( disease)

UA urine analysis
US ultra sound
UTI urinary tract infection

WBC white blood cell count



Aralen chloroquine

AZA azathioprine ( Imuran)

Chemo medicines used in cancer treatment such as Cytoxan.

Sometimes the medicines used in organ transplant therapy are put under this heading ( Imuran, methotrexate, Cellcept )

Chloroquine Aralen

CTX Cytoxan ( cyclophosphamide)

DMARDs disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs.

"Drugs in this class include azathioprine (Imuran), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral),gold salts (Ridaura, Solganal, Aurolate, Myochrysine), hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), leflunomide (Arava), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), penicillamine (Cuprimine), and sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)."

HCQ hydroxychloroquine ( Plaquenil)

HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy

Mepa Mepacrine (US Quinacrine)

MMF Cellcept
MTX/Metho Methotrexate

NSAIDs non steroid anti inflammatory drugs EG aspirin, ibuprofen, mobic

Pred Prednisone or Prednisolone
Plaq Plaquenil or the generic Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)
Quin Quinacrine ( fka Atabrine, UK Mepacrine)


Suffixes and prefixes

For full lists see

... itis inflammatory condition EG arthritis
... algia painful condition, EG arthralgia

cutane ... so do with the skin sub cutaneous

derma/dermato ...... to do with the skin EG dermatomysositis, scleroderma

... opathy disease/ abnormal condition, EG pathology cardiomyopathy

... osis abnormal condition EG endometriosis. osteoporosis

(means 'increased' when used with blood cell word roots EG thrombocytosis, lymphocytosis )

... penia abnormal reduction, deficiency EG thrombocytopenia,

lymphocytopenia, neutrocytopenia, osteopenia

neuro... nerve related EG neuropathy
myo... muscle related EG myositis, myalgia

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Ladies and Gents,

What we will be doing is incorporating anything else you come up with into the main post by Clare. After we do so your post will be deleted. This way things will be in an orderly fashion for people to utilize.


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Thank you for the suggestions ! :) :flowers: :flowers: I shall gradually incorporate them

Anisah, it isn't easy to know where to draw the line but I am trying to keep it to what we find often find here or fairly often.


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Thanks Clare for coming up with this! :D

Thanks to everyone who has added to this.

This is an ongoing problem for me. Just when I think I finally know all these abrev.'s I see another one. Then I have to go search it out to find out what the heck everyone is talking about. This sure helps a lot and saves a lot of time trying to figure out what they mean.

Sorry I couldn't add to the list. I am new to all of this. I just wanted to say thanks!

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thanks bunches Clare and Karen,

just an observation with my suggestion to include "...osis" and "...penia". Your examples are wonderful and were one's I hadn't thought of actually. I was thinking more of common lab terminology, for instance thrombocytosis vs thrombocytopenia, lymphocytosis vs lymphocytopenia, neutropenia, etc.... since I've see these words on lab reports myself and had to learn what they meant, so not sure if you want to include these as examples too?

once again, great idea and thanks,

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Anisah and others,

I really don't want to take too much credit. Earlier this week a new member Kerry had asked if there was somewhere on the site to find what all the abbreviations mean. Halfpint had responded that she thought it would be a good idea also and had listed several of them off the top of her brain.

So it wasn't something that I thought of all on my own. I thought it was a great idea and was trying how to figure to do it without driving my fingers crazy. So then Clare stepped in with a logical mind and an easy way to do it.

So it is really a group effort that is bringing this into being. Not that the moderating team is going to follow thru on every idea you all come up with. :rolleyes: But we are open to suggestions.


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Discussion Starter · #13 ·

Thanks for helping sort out the ".... osis" which had been puzzling me some.

Here's to your health and healing :)


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See, now I was going to give you all the credit Clare T,now, deservingly so, I give almost all the credit to RaggeddyAnn and a
small deserving credit to you Clare T. It's really not about credit, this is one of the best help-aids that this board has given to us. I know that with all the country's that post on this board, I have trouble sometimes knowing exactly what the person is saying. Let us know when completed, and is it possible to put two columes on a page to make it easier for us to print out. 1,oooo thanks to you both, what a great gift.
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