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P phosphorus
PA physician assistant
  pulmonary artery
  panic attack
pernicious anemia
phenol alcohol
physical activity
Pulmonary atresia
presents again
  physical abuse
P&A percussion and auscultation
PAA pulmonary artery aneurysm
  pancreatic acinar atrophy
  plasminogen activator activity
  particle agglutination assay
  pantothenic acid
PAB premature atrial beat
  polyclonal antibodies
  performance assessment battery
PACU post anesthesia care unit
PAD peripheral artery disease
  primary affective disorder
pain and distress
  pelvic adhesive disease
  percutaneous access device
PAE paradoxical air embolism
  postantibiotic effect
postanoxic encephalopathy
  prenatal alcohol exposure
  percutaneous angiographic embolization
PAEE physical activity energy expenditure
PAF paroxysmal atrial fibrillation
  Platelet Activating Factor
PAFE postantifungal effect
PAH pulmonary arterial hypertension
  primary adrenal hyperplasia
  partial abdominal hysterectomy
predicited adult height
PAI plasminogen activator inhibitor
  penetrating abdominal injury
  pain assessment inventory
  primary adrenal insufficiency
PAIS Psychological Adjustment to Illness Scale
  partial androgen insensitivity syndrome
PAIVS pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular
PAK pancreas after kidney
PAL physical activity level
posterior axillary line
  Peripheral acute leukemia
PALN para-aortic lymph node
PALP palpation /palpate
PALS pediatric advanced life support
PAM potassium-aggravated myotonia
  partial allosteric modulators
  Pre-Arrest Morbidity
pancreatic acinar mass
  pulmonary alveolar macrophage
PAN periodic alternating nystagmus
  positional alcohol nystagmus
periarteritis nodosa
PAO peak acid output
  pulmonary artery occlusion
  peak gastric acid output
  peripheral airway obstruction
PAP Prostatic Acid Phosphatase
  pulmonary artery pressure
  positive airway pressure
peak airway pressure
  passive-aggressive personality
PAR passive avoidance reaction
  perennial allergic rhinitis
parainfluenza vaccine
  pulmonary arteriolar resistance
  pain relief
PARA paralytic
primary acquired refractory anemia
PARC perennial allergic rhinoconjunctivitis
  pattern recognition
PAS patient administration system
  Physician Assistants
postanesthesia score
PASG pneumatic antishock garment
PASS Plan for Achieving Self-Support
  Pain Anxiety Symptoms Scale
  patient acceptable symptom state
PAT paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
  platelet aggregation test
  Paddington alcohol test
penetrating abdominal trauma
percent acceleration time
pregnancy at term
  Personal Adjustment Training
PAV percutaneous aortic valvuloplasty
pre-admission visit
PAWP pulmonary artery wedge pressure
PAX paired box
  periapical x-ray
PB peripheral blood
  barometric pressure
  periodic breathing
protein binding
paraffin block
premature beat
  polymyxin B
PBA percutaneous bladder aspiration
  prolactin-binding assay
PBC Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  peripheral blood cells
  Parent Behavior Checklist
PBD Paget Bone Disease
  percutaneous biliary drainage
  peak bone density
PBE peripheral blood eosinophils
  partial breech extraction
  professional breast examination
PBF peripheral blood flow
placental blood flow
  pulmonary blood flow
  percent body fat
  peak blood flow
PBG porphobilinogen
  pressure breathing
  phosphate buffer glucose
pupillary block glaucoma
PBI protein bound iodine
  partial breast irradiation
  Papillary Bleeding Index
PBK pseudophakic bullous keratopathy
PBL peripheral blood lymphocyte
primary breast lymphoma
  problem-based learning
  peripheral blood
PBM pharmacy benefits management
  Peak bone mass
PBN parabrachial nucleus
  paralytic brachial neuritis
PBO placebo
PBP penicillin-binding protein(s)
  prostate-binding protein
  Platelet basic protein
PBS painful bladder syndrome
  papillary bleeding score
  phosphate-buffered saline
  Pediatric Behavior Scale
PBSC peripheral blood stem cells
PBT pentobarbital
  phenylalanine breath test
  primary brain tumor(s)
PBV percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty
  pulmonary blood volume
  predicted blood volume
PC after meals
packed cells
  principal component
palliative care
pancreatic carcinoma
  partition coefficient
poor condition
popliteal cyst
  platelet concentrate
productive cough
  platelet count
PCA Patient Controlled Analgesia
  pancreatic carcinoma
  passive cutaneous anaphylaxis
  posterior cerebral artery
  prostatic carcinoma
PCB pancuronium bromide
  Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  postcoital bleeding
palmar cutaneous branch
PCC poison control center
  patient care coordinator
  primary care center
progressive cardiac care
  palliative care clinic
  Pearson's correlation coefficient
PCE Patient Care Evaluation
  physical capacity evaluation
  Patient Care Encounter
PCF peripheral circulatory failure
  posterior cranial fossa
  peak cough flow
  pharyngeal conjunctival fever
PCG phonocardiogram
  preventive care group
  penicillin G
PCH paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
PCI percutaneous coronary intervention(s)
  protein c inhibitor
PCKD polycystic kidney disease
PCL posterior cruciate ligament
  pacing cycle length
plasma cell leukemia
PCM paracoccidioidomycosis
  Palliative Care Management
  patient care manager
primary cutaneous melanoma
PCN primary care network
primary care nursing
PCNS Primary central nervous system
  Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  posterior cervical nodes
PCO patient complains of
polycystic ovaries
PCPS primary care providers
  percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass surgery
  personal care products
PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction
  plasma creatinine
  patient care report/record
  Pathologic complete response
PCr plasma creatinine
PCRA Patient-controlled regional analgesia
PCS palliative care service
  patient care system
  Patterns of Care Study
patient-controlled sedation
personal care service
portable cervical spine
Patient Characteristic Study
postconcussion syndrome
PCSM prostate cancer-specific mortality
PCT positron computed tomography
  Prothrombin Consumption Time
  Palliative Care Team
postcoital test
  papillary cystic tumor
  parasite clearance time
PCTA percutaneous transluminal angioplasty
PCTS patient-controlled transdermal system
  placebo-controlled trials
  primary care teams
PCU palliative care unit
primary care unit
progressive care unit
  pain control unit
PCV packed cell volume
  penicillin V
  pressure control ventilation
PCWP pulmonary capillary wedge pressure
PCX paracervical (block)
  parietal cortex
PCZ procarbazine
PD Parkinson's disease
  peritoneal dialysis
  pancreatic duct
Paget disease
percutaneous drain
pulmonary disease
personality disorder
progressive disease
PDA Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  posterior descending artery
  parenteral drug abuser
  pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
personal digital assistant
PDB Paget's disease of bone
PDC patient denies complaints
  physical dependence capacity
  Private Diagnostic Clinic
PDCA Plan-Do-Check-Act (continuous improvement process)
PDD Parkinson disease with dementia
  Pervasive Development Disorder
  permanently displaced disk
  primary degenerative dementia
PDDS pervasive developmental disorders
PDE paroxysmal dyspnea on exertion
  Personality Disorder Examination
  peritoneal dialysis effluent
PDF peritoneal dialysis fluid
  postdialysis fatigue
  Portable Document Format
PDGF platelet-derived growth factor
PDH past dental history
  Progressive disseminated histoplasmosis
  paraduodenal hernia
PDI Pain Disability Index
  Power Doppler imaging
  Periodontal Disease Index
PDL periodontal ligament
  pancreatic duct ligation
poorly differentiated lymphocytic
  preferred drug list
PDM periodontal membrane
  primary dermal melanoma
PDN peripheral diabetic neuropathy
painful diabetic neuropathy
private duty nurse
PDP prescription drug plan
peak diastolic pressure
pancreatic duct pressure
PDPH postdural puncture headache
PDQ Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire
  Parkinson's disease questionnaire
  Physician Data Query
PDR pancreaticoduodenal resection
Physicians' Desk Reference
proliferative diabetic retinopathy
post delivery recovery
PDS pain dysfunction syndrome
persistent developmental stuttering
polydioxanone suture
PDSA Plan, Do, Study, and Act (Deming cycle)
PDT percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy
  photodynamic treatment
  Pain detection thresholds
  pancreaticoduodenal transplantation
PDU pulsed Doppler ultrasound
PDW platelet distribution width
PDX pyridoxine
  Provisional Diagnosis
PE Physical Exam
  pulmonary embolism
pelvic examination
pedal edema
plasma exchange
partial epilepsy
phenytoin equivalent
PEA pulseless electrical activity
  Post-extubation atelectasis
PEB platinol, etoposide, bleomycin
PEC perivascular epithelioid cell
Psychiatric Emergency Clinic
  parietal epithelial cells
PED patient examined by doctor
  pediatric emergency department
  paroxysmal exertion-induced dyskinesia
PEDS pediatrics
PEE predicted energy expenditure
PEF peak expiratory flow
PEG Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
PEH paraesophageal hernia
  papillary endothelial hyperplasia
PEI percutaneous ethanol injection
  pancreatic exocrine insufficiency
  Patient Exit Interview
PEJ percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy
PEK punctate epithelial keratopathy
PEL primary effusion lymphoma
  piezoelectric lithotripsy
PEM prescription event monitoring
  pediatric emergency medicine
  peritoneal exudate macrophage
PEN penicillin
  penetrating growth
PENS percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  Pancreatic endocrine neoplasms
PEO progressive external ophthalmoplegia
PEP positive expiratory pressure
  parietal epithelial cell
pre-ejection period
patient education program
PER peak ejection rate
  peak emptying rate
pediatric emergency room
protein efficiency ratio
PERL pupils equal, react to light
PERS personal emergency response system
PERT pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy
PES paclitaxel-eluting stent
  programmed electrical stimulation
  Patient Escort Service
  Percutaneous electrical stimulation
PET pancreatic endocrine tumor
  Positron Emission Tomography
  peritoneal equilibration test
  poor exercise tolerance
  peak ejection time
PEX plasma exchange
  peak exercise
PF peak frequency
peak flow
plantar flexion
pericardial fluid
prostatic fluid
pulmonary fibrosis or pulmonary function
  pleural fluid
PFA profunda femoris artery
  Psychological First Aid
PFB potential for breakdown
  Pseudofolliculitis barbae
PFC patient-focused care
pericardial fluid culture
  pair-fed controls
PFFD proximal femoral focal deficiency
PFG percutaneous fluoroscopic gastrostomy
PFI Portal flow index
  physical fitness index
  pill-free intervals
PFJ patellofemoral joint
PFM peak flow meter
permanent first molars
  parietal foramina
PFN proximal femoral nail
PFO patent foramen ovale
PFP peripheral facial paralysis
  progression free probability
  platelet-free plasma
PFR parotid flow rate
  peak expiratory flow rate
peak flow rate
PFS progression free survival
  pulmonary function studies
prolonged febrile seizure
primary fibromyalgia syndrome
PFT pulmonary function tests
  pancreatic function test
PFU plaque-forming unit
PG prostaglandin
  propylene glycol
pancreatic gland
pituitary gland
performance goal
PGA patient global assessment
  prostaglandin A
PGB pregabalin
PGCG peripheral giant cell granuloma
PGD partial gonadal dysgenesis
  pelvic girdle dysfunction
  primary glomerular diseases
  prostaglandin D
PGE parasitic gastroenteritis
  partial generalized epilepsy
  prostaglandins E
PGF primary graft failure
  paternal grandfather
placental growth factor
PGH pituitary growth hormone
PGI partial global ischemia
  Practice Guidelines Initiative
  potassium, glucose and insulin
PGL persistent generalized lymphadenopathy
PGM periaqueductal gray matter
  paternal grandmother
PGR Partial gastric resection
  primordial growth retardation
  pulse-generated runoff
PGS Postsurgical gastroparesis syndrome
  peristent gross splenomegaly
PGU postgonococcal urethritis
  peripheral glucose uptake
PGW Persian Gulf War
PH past history
Public Health
parathyroid hormone
personal history
poor health
primary hyperparathyroidism
P&H physical and history
PHA passive hemagglutination assay
PHAC Public Health Agency of Canada
PHAL phalangeal
PHAR passive hemagglutination reaction
PHB phenobarbital
PHC primary hepatic carcinoma
primary health care
posthospital care
Pediatric Home Care
PHD Personal Health Data
Poor Helpless Drunk
doctorate of philosophy
potentially harmful drug
PHE periodic health examination
PHF paired helical filament
parathyroid hypertensive factor
PHH posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus
primary human hepatocytes
PHI patient/personal health information
passive hemagglutination inhibition
past history of illness
PHL permanent hearing loss
Primary hepatic lymphoma
PHM partial hydatidiform mole
posterior hyaloid membrane
perfused hepatic mass
PHN postherpetic neuralgia
Public Health Nurse
PHOS phosphate
PHP Partial Hospitalization Program
pathological hyperprolactinemia
pooled human plasma
PHR peak heart rate
PHS pooled human serum
partial hospitalization system
Personal Health Summary
PHT phenytoin
portal hypertension
postmenopausal hormone therapy
PHV peak height velocity
prosthetic heart valves
PHX past history
PHY pharyngitis
PI package insert
present illness
pancreatic insufficiency
protease inhibitor
pain intensity
persistent illness
physically impaired
Physiologic Index
premature infant
pulmonary infarction
primary infection
PIA plasma insulin activity
post-infarction angina
personal injury accident
PIB partial ileal bypass
PIC peripherally inserted catheter
pacing in cardiomyopathy
Pediatric intensive care
PID pervic inflammatory disease
PIE pulmonary infiltration with eosinophilia
pulmonary interstitial emphysema
PIF peak inspiratory flow
prostatic interstitial fluid
PIG pertussis immune globulin
phosphatidylinositol glycan
PIH pregnancy-induced hypertension
PIL patient information leaflet
PIM Pediatric Index of Mortality
Papillary immature metaplasia
PIN patient identity number
Patient Information Network
provider identification number
PIO Pioglitazone
PIP peak inspiratory pressure
primary injury prevention
postictal psychosis
PIQ Performance Intelligence Quotient
PIS pancreatic islets
package inserts
pharmacy information system
PIT pancreatic islet transplantation
PIV peripheral intravenous
parainfluenza virus
PIWT partially impacted wisdom teeth
PJ pancreaticojejunostomy
pancreatic juice
PJB premature junctional beat
PJC premature junctional contractions/complex
PJI prosthetic joint infection
PJP pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia
PJRT permanent junctional reciprocating
PJS Peutz Jeghers syndrome
PJT paroxysmal junctional tachycardia
PK pain killer
perforating keratoplasty
pericardial knock
PKB protein kinase B
PKC protein kinase C
PKD Polycystic Kidney Disease
PKI protein kinase inhibitor
PKP penetrating keratoplasty
PKR phased knee rehabilitation
PKU phenylketonuria
PL Prolymphocytic leukemia
pancreatic lipase
palmaris longus
polarized light
partial laryngectomy
PLA plasminogen activator
peripheral laser angioplasty
PLAC placenta
PLB percutaneous liver biopsy
primary lymphoma of bone
posterolateral branch
PLC peripheral lymphocyte count
primary liver cancer
pityriasis lichenoides chronica
PLD Partial Lipodistrophy
polycystic liver disease
posterior latissimus dorsi
PLE polymorphic light eruption
protein losing enteropathy
Panlobular emphysema
PLF perilymphatic fistula
prior level of function
peritoneal lavage fluid
pleural fluid
PLG plasminogen
PLH Pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia
PLIF posterior lumbar interbody fusion
PLK posterior lamellar keratoplasty
PLL posterior longitudinal ligament
primary lymphoma of the liver
PLM periodic limb movement
PLN pelvic lymph node
peripheral lymph node
PLO perceives light only
pluronic lecithin organogel
PLP partial laryngopharyngectomy
parathyroid hormone-like protein
PLR pupillary light reflex
positive likelihood ratio
PLS phantom limb syndrome
primary lateral sclerosis
perfusion lung scan
PLT platelet(s)
PLV partial left ventriculectomy
poliomyelitis live vaccine
PLX plexus
PM after noon
papillary muscles
poor metabolizer
Medical Abbreviations – P