Decode Your Doctor’s Language

Medical speak is filled with tricky shorthand that can be confusing, condescending, and even life threatening, but not anymore: Be your own interpreter with this cheat sheet.

C.R.: Cardiac Rehabilitation or Colon Resection? There's a big difference! Don't be embarrassed to ask for verification of something you don't understand, especially if it involves a medication or procedure.
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.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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