Common Abbreviations (P)

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Abbreviation Word or Phrase
P Pulse
P&A Percussion and auscultation
PA Posteroanterior
PA Pulmonary artery
PA Physician assistant
PALP Palpable, palpated, palpation
PAP Papanicolaou smear
PAP Papillary
PAR Post anesthesia room
PARA Number of pregnancies resulting in viable infants
PATH Pathology
PCV Packed cell volume
PD Poorly differentiated
PDR Physician's Desk Reference
PE Physical examination
PED Pediatrics
PEG Pneumoencephalography
PEG Percutaneous gastrostomy tube
PERC Percutaneous
PET Positron emission tomography
PH Past or personal history
PI Present illness
PID Pelvic inflammatory disease
PIN Prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
PLT Platelets
PM Post mortem (after death)
PMD Personal (primary) medical doctor
PMH Past medical history
PND Postnasal drip
PNET Peripheral neuroectodermal tumor (bone tumors)
PNET Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (CNS tumors)
PO, POSTOP Postoperative(ly)
POD Postoperative day
POOR DIFF Poorly differentiated
POS or + Positive
POSS Possible
POST Posterior
POST Postmortem examination
POSTOP Postoperative(ly)
PPD Purified protein derivative (Tuberculin skin test)
PPD Packs per day
PR Partial response
PR(A) Progesterone receptor (assay)
PREOP Preoperative(ly)
PROB Probable(ly)
PSA Prostate specific antigen
PT Patient
PT Physiotherapy
PTA Prior to examination
PUO Pyrexia of undetermined origin
PULM Pulmonary

Updated: December 28, 2023