Confusing Medical Acronyms, Decoded

When dealing with doctors, don't be embarrassed to ask about abbreviations, especially if they involve a medication or procedure; they could have double meanings.

By Joe Kita from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2012
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    G.A.

    General Anesthesia?

    or

    Ginger Ale?

    G.C.

    Gastric Cancer?

    or

    Good Condition?

    H.D.

    Heart Disease

    or

    Herniated Disk

    H.T.

    Hammertoe?

    or

    Head Trauma?

    A.B.C.

    Advanced Breast Cancer?

    or

    Applesauce/Bananas/Cereal diet?

    B.P.

    Bedpan?

    or

    Bypass?

    C.R.

    Cardiac Rehabilitation?

    or

    Colon Resection?

    C.S.T.

    Cardiac Stress Test?

    or

    Convulsive Shock Therapy?

    I.M.

    Ice Massage?

    or

    Infectious Mononucleosis?

    L.B.

    Left Breast?

    or

    Left Buttock?

    L.L.D.

    Late-Life Depression?

    or

    Leg-Length Differential?

    M.S.

    Milk Shake?

    or

    Morphine Sulfate?

    R&R

    Rest and Recuperation?

    or

    Remove and Replace?

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