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Interpretation

PMA progressive muscular atrophy
positive mental attitude
PMB postmenopausal bleeding
polymyxin B
PMC premature mitral closure
peritoneal mast cells
PMD progressive muscular dystrophy
Primary Medical Doctor
primary myocardial disease
perceptual motor development
PMDD premenstrual dysphoric disorder
PME pelvic muscle exercise
progressive myoclonus epilepsy
PMF progressive massive fibrosis
primary myelofibrosis
pulsed magnetic field
PMH past medical history
PMI point of maximal impulse
past medical illness
patient medication instructions
Pain Management Inventory/Index
posterior myocardial infarction
PML polymorphonuclear leukocytes
progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
PMM partial medical meniscectomy
Pleural malignant mesothelioma
PMN polymorphonuclear leukocytes
polymorphonuclear neutrophils
PMO postmenopausal osteoporosis
peritoneal macrophage
PMP previous menstrual period
pain management program
patient management program
PMR percutaneous myocardial revascularization
pacemaker rhythm
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
prior medical record
peak metabolic rate
PMS premenstrual syndrome
periodic movements in sleep
post-marketing surveillance
patient management system
PMT pacemaker-mediated tachycardia
premenstrual tension
predicted mean time
PMV percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty
PMW postmenopausal women
pacemaker wires
PMZ posterior marginal zone
PN parenteral nutrition
Progress Note
pneumonia
peripheral neuropathy
postnatal
primary nurse
peripheral nerve
PNA percutaneous needle aspiration
pneumonia
PNB percutaneous needle biopsy
prostate needle biopsy
popliteal nerve block
premature newborn
PNC penicillin
peripheral nerve conduction
pneumococcus
peripheral neutrophil count
PND paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
postnasal drip
partial neck dissection
PNE peripheral nerve evaluation
primary nocturnal enuresis
PNF Primary Graft Nonfunction
primary nonfunction
PNH paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
PNI peripheral nerve injury
Prognostic Nutritional Index
PNKD paroxysmal nonkinesigenic dyskinesia
PNL percutaneous nephrolithotomy
percutaneous nephrolithotripsy
peripheral nerve lesion
PNM perinatal mortality
peripheral nerve myelin
primary nodular melanoma
PNNP Perinatal Nurse Practitioner
PNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Paraneoplastic pemphigus
peak negative pressure
progressive nuclear palsy
PNR proximal negative response
PNS peripheral nervous system
peripheral nerve stimulator
partial nonprogressing stroke
PNT partial nodular transformation
percutaneous nephrostomy tube
PNU Protein nitrogen units
PNV prenatal vitamin
postoperative nausea and vomiting
PNX pneumothorax
PO per oral (by mouth)
phone order
postoperative
palm oil
P&O parasites and ova
PO2 partial pressure of oxygen
POA primary optic atrophy
pancreatic onofetal antigen
present on admission / arrival
preoptic anterior hypothalamus
POB phenoxybenzamine
primary osteoblastic cells
place of birth
POC plan of care
point-of-care
postoperative care
POD postoperative day
perioral dermatitis
prevention of disability
progression of disease
perception of dyspnea
place of death
podiatry
POE physician order entry
point of entry
proof of eligibility
POF primary ovarian failure
peripheral ossifying fibroma
pattern of failure
POG Pediatric Oncology Group
POH personal oral hygiene
progressive osseous heteroplasia
POI Personal Orientation Inventory
point of infection
POL physician's office laboratory
perception of light
POM purulent otitis media
pain on motion
PON prominent optic neuritis
POOL premature onset of labor
POP pain on palpation
plaster of paris
popliteal
POR physician of record
prevalence odds ratio
poorly differentiated
POS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome parosteal osteosarcoma
Palliative Care Outcome Scale
physician order set
point-of-service
ppositive
POSS possible
POT peak occupancy time
post operative treatment
plan of treatment
potassium
POU placenta, ovaries, and uterus
POV portal vein
postoperative vomiting
physician order verification
POW Powassan  - virus (tick-borne encephalitis)
prisoner of war
POX pulse oximeter
point of exit
PP pulse pressure
postpartum
paradoxical pulse
positive pressure
pedal pulse
per protocol
posterior pituitary
pacesetter potentials
pancreatic pseudocyst
PPA Preferred Provider Arrangement
palpation, percussion, and auscultation
primary progressive aphasia
PPB parts per billion
positive pressure breathing
plasma protein binding
PPC plasma protein concentration
Pancreatic pseudocysts
peak plasma concentration
posterior parietal cortex
PPD purified protein derivative
packs per day
permanent partial disability
postpartum depression
PPE personal protective equipment
papular eruption
palmar-plantar erythrodysaesthesia
PPF plasma protein fraction
PPG postprandial glucose
Peak pressure gradient
portal pressure gradient
postprandial glycemia
PPH Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
parts per hundred
postpartum hemorrhage
PPI proton pump inhibitor
present pain intensity
patient package insert
permanent pacemaker insertion
PPJ pure pancreatic juice
PPK population pharmacokinetic(s)
palmoplantar keratoderma
PPL pars plana lensectomy
porcine pancreatic lipase
PPM parts per million
Physician Practice Management
Pulses Per Minute
PPN peripheral parenteral nutrition
PPO Preferred Provider Organization
PPP pain perception profile
patient prepped and positioned
pedal pulse present
platelet poor plasma
peripheral pulses palpable
PPR patient progress record
papulopustular rosacea
Physician Payment Reform
physician-patient relation
PPS peripheral pulmonary stenosis
Personal Preference Scale
Pentosan polysulfate sodium
Prospective Payment System
PPT partial prothrombin time
parts per thousand
person, place, and time
pressure pain threshold
PPU perforated peptic ulcer
PPV Positive Pressure Ventilation
pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
positive predictive value
PPW pulmonary wedge pressure
pylorus-preserving Whipple
plantar puncture wound
PQ pronator quadratus
physician's questionnaire
PQOL perceived quality of life
PR per rectum
peripheral resistance
partial response
partial remission
per rectum
pityriasis rosea
Production rate
PRA Plasma renin activity
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
panel reactive antibodies
percent reactive antibody
PRBC packed red blood cells
PRC packed red cells
plasma renin concentration
PRD prednisone
postirradiation dysplasia
polycystic renal disease
PRE progressive resistive exercise
Preliminary
PRED prednisone
PRG percutaneous radiologic gastrostomy
phleborheography
PRH past relevant history
preretinal hemorrhage
post-occlusive reactive hyperemia
PRI Pain Rating Index
Patient Review Instrument
Pediatric Risk Index
PRK photorefractive keratectomy
PRL prolactin
PRM premature rupture of membranes
Passive Range of Motion
partial rebreathing mask
PRN as needed
PRO proline
Peer Review Organization
prothrombin
prophylactic
PRON pronation / pronator
PRP pityriasis rubra pilaris
penicillase-resistant penicillin
platelet rich plasma
patient recovery plan
PRS Pain Rating Scale
Plasma renin substrate
partial responders
PRT Pathogen Reduction Technology
palliative radiotherapy
PRV polycythemia rubra vera
PRX proximal
prognosis
PS Parkinson syndrome
paradoxic sleep
pulmonary stenosis
paranoid schizophrenia
pathologic stage
performance status
procedural sedation
plastic surgery
PSA prostate-specific antigen
polysubstance abuse
pseudoaneurysm
PSBO partial small bowel obstuction
PSC Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
Pediatric Symptom Checklist
peripheral stem cells
PSD paradoxical sleep deprivation
post-stroke depression
pancreas-sparing duodenectomy
psychosomatic disease
PSE pale, soft and exudative
partial status epilepticus
plant sterol esters
PSF posterior spinal fusion
PSG peak systolic gradient
polysomnography
phosphate, saline and glucose
PSH past surgical history
past social history
PSI Pneumonia Severity Index
Pain Sensitivity Index
Patient State Index
PSM patient self-management
prostate-specific membrane
PSN Paraneoplastic sensory neuropathy
Provider Service Network
persistent spontaneous nociception
PSO proximal subungual onychomycosis
Patient Safety Officer
PSP peak systolic pressure
primary spontaneous pneumothorax
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
PSR pain sensitivity range
performance status rating
Proliferative sickle retinopathy
PSS Physiologic saline solution
pediatric surgical service
perceived stress scale
progressive systemic scleroderma
Panic Symptom Scale
PST paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
pancreas-spleen transplantation
patient self-testing
platelet survival time
PSU patient service unit
PSV peak systolic velocities
Pressure support ventilation
Panicum streak virus
PSW psychiatric social worker
PSY Psychiatry
PT Prothrombin time
parathyroid
Physical Therapy
paroxysmal tachycardia
patient
preterm
pain threshold
Preventive/primary therapy
PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty
pancreas transplantation alone
peritonsillar abscess
prior to admission /arrival
PTB patellar tendon bearing
preterm birth
prior to birth
PTC percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
papillary thyroid carcinoma
peritonsillar cellulitis
prior to conception
PTD peak tension development
permanent and total disability
Percutaneous transluminal dilatation
pharmacy to dose
Post-transplant Day
preterm delivery
personality trait disorder
prior to delivery
PTE parathyroid extract
post-traumatic epilepsy
positive transfer effect
PTF peak-trough fluctuation
perfusable tissue fraction
patient transfer form
PTG parathyroid gland
panoramic tomography
PTH parathyroid hormone
pain threshold
PTI Penetrating Trauma Index
prothrombin index
pressure-time integral
prior to induction
PTJV percutaneous transtracheal jet ventilation
PTK phototherapeutic keratectomy
PTL preterm labor
PTM post-translational modification
post-traumatic meningitis
PTNB percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy
preterm newborn
PTO percutaneous transhepatic obliteration
PTP previously treated patient
posterior tibial pulse
Proximal tubular pressure
percutaneous transhepatic portography
PTR prothrombin time ratio
patella tendon reflex
PTS Pediatric Trauma Score
prior to surgery
posttraumatic stress
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PTU propylthiouracil
PTV patient triggered ventilation
percutaneous transtracheal ventilation
PTX pneumothorax
pertusis toxin
phototherapy
PU peptic ulcer
passed urine
Patient Unit
PUA plasma uric acid
PUB peptic ulcer bleeding
PUC premature uterine contractions
PUD peptic ulcer disease
PUF plasma ultrafiltrate
pain and urgency/frequency
PUJ pelviureteral junction
PUN plasma urea nitrogen
PUO pyrexia of unknown origin
PUP previously untreated patient
percutaneous ultrasonic pyelolithotomy
PUS pressure ulcers
PUV posterior urethral valve
paraumbilical vein
PUW pick-up walker
PV portal vein
peripheral vein
plasma volume
peak value
plasma volume
polio vaccine
perivascular
Polycythemia Vera
papilloma virus
prenatal vitamins
pulmonary vein
PVA polyvinyl acetate
polyvinyl alcohol
peripheral venous alimentation
PVB premature ventricular beat
paravertebral block
PVC premature ventricular contraction
polyvinyl chloride
premature ventricular complex
primary visual cortex
PVD peripheral vascular disease
pulmonary vascular disease
patient very disturbed
PVE portal vein embolization
prosthetic valve endocarditis
plasma volume expansion
premature ventricular event
PVF peripheral visual field
primary ventricular fibrillation
portal venous flow
PVH paraventricular hypothalamic
periventricular hemorrhage
pulmonary venous hypertension
PVI peripheral vascular insufficiency
perivascular infiltrates
portal vein infusion
PVK penicillin V potassium
PVL periventricular lesions
plasma viral load
PVN paraventricular
predictive value negative
paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus
PVO pulmonary venous obstruction
peripheral vascular occlusion
portal vein occlusion
PVP peripheral venous pressure
portal venous pressure
Percutaneous vertebroplasty
PVR peripheral vascular resistance
pulmonary valve replacement
post void residual
PVS percutaneous vascular surgery
premature ventricular systole
peripheral vascular surgery
programmed ventricular stimulation
percussion, vibration, suction
PVT paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia
portal vein thrombosis
PVV primary varicose veins
PW posterior wall
patient waiting
plantar wart
pregnant women
peritoneal washing
pulse width
puncture wound
PWA persons with AIDS
PWB partial weight bearing
physical well-being
PWC physical work capacity
PWD persons With disabilities
persons with dementia
PWE people with epilepsy
posterior wall excursion
PWI perfusion-weighted imaging
posterior wall infarction
PWLV posterior wall of left ventricle
PWT posterior wall thickness
PWV pulse wave velocities
PX physical exam
prognosis
pneumothorax
PXL paclitaxel
PZ peripheral zone
proliferative zone
   
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