Acronyms and Abbreviations in Surgery and Medicine


The patient went from the ER to the OR and then to the ICU.”

It is an irrefutable fact that doctors' speech is full of abbreviations. Healthcare professionals in general and surgeons in particular use at least ten abbreviations per minute (this is just a guesstimate; please don't quote us). This high prevalence has led us to consider medical abbreviations an important challenge.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Familial Mediterranean Fever Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Esophageal Atresia Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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