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Forum and Chat Room Acronymns

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in New Member Introductions
For everyone to use or not to use:

AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from the keyboard
ASAP As soon as possible
A/S/L/ Age, Sex, Location
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBL Be back later
BBS Be back soon
BRB Be right back
BTW By the way
BUMP Use on forums to bring the topic back to the top
FWIW For what its worth
FYI For your Information
GTG Got to go
HB Hurry back
H/O Hold On
J/K Just kidding
IDK I dont know
IIRC If I recall correctly
IMO In my opinion
IMHO In my humble opinion
IRL In real life
LMAO Laugh my ass off
LMFAO Laugh my *bleep* ass off
LOL laugh out loud
NP no problem
OMG Oh my god
PM Private Message
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling on floor laughing my ass off
RTM Read the manual
SFW Safe for work
TBH To be Honest
TC Take care
TIA Thanks in advance
TTYL Talk to you later
TY Thank you
THX Thank you
WB Welcome back
WE Whatever
WTH What the hell
YW Your welcome

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Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • How about medical Acronymns, I couldn't help but notice that some are self explaning, others may be new terms or only used with varying diagnosis?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Click on Key Topics under my name. That will bring you to a list of key Spine-Health Forum topics. One of them is an Informal Spinal Glossary.

    Here is a short cut to the Glossary:

    A more formal section is provided by Spine-Health.com

    Conditions and Treatments A-Z
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I'm looking for a list of the acronyms some use to describe their injury/disorders or procedures such as ACDF, SCS, DDD, etc. is there a list for these types of acronyms?

    Thank you! :)
  • watergirl14wwatergirl14 Posts: 1
    edited 05/07/2014 - 1:26 PM
    I also would love to see a list of medical/procedure/injury acronyms. Can that be found anywhere?
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 05/10/2014 - 4:09 AM
    ACDF- anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
    DDD- Degenerative disc disease
    SCS- Spinal cord stimulation /stimulator
    TLIF/PLIF- transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion /posterior lumbar interbody fusion
    TLIF is the approach used during surgery ( from the sides of the foramina)
    PLIF is the approach used during lumbar surgery from the center of the spine in the back of your body
    CAT scan- Computer Aided Tomography- an imaging test
    Myelogram- a procedure where a tiny bit of spinal fluid is removed during a puncture and a contrast is injected to allow real time images to be taken of the spinal cord . Images are taken using fluroscopy* ( see below) This procedure is usually combined with a follow up CAT scan. The combination of procedures is called CT scan/w myleogram
    Fluroscopy*- a real time imaging machine similar to an xray-often used during spinal injections, and other procedures and myelogram procedures.

    I am compiling a new glossary so it will be easier to have in one format, one one post........rather than in different areas.
    I will break it down into surgery acronyms, interventions/procedures/ report acronyms, and any other category that comes up in the process. It is going to take a few days though, since there are tons of acronyms when dealing with the spine.......

  • RFA-- Radiofrequency Abilation
    ESI-- Epidural Steriod Injection
    EMG-- Electromyography
    MRI-- Magnetic Resonance imaging
  • Mine was called OLIF - Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (a 360 where the front incision is done obliquely, on the side of the waist)
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
  • Commonly used Acronyms and Terms on Spine-Health

    ADR- Artificial Disc Replacement
    Allograft- Cadaver bone graft used in fusion process
    Autograft- bone used during a fusion surgery from the patient
    BID- twice daily
    BMP- Bone Morphegenic Protein
    Fusion- the process of making two bony segments become one
    GP- general practitioner
    PM- pain management
    PMD- pain management physician
    PMC – pain management clinic
    Primary – also known as general practitioner
    PO- Post op, or by mouth
    TID- three times daily
    QID- four times daily
    PRN- as needed

    Surgical Acronyms
    ACD- Anterior Cervical Discectomy
    ACDF-Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
    Discectomy- type of surgery done to repair a disc that has herniated or bulged
    MD- Micro discectomy
    OD- Open Discectomy
    OLIF- Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion
    PLIF- Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
    PCD- Posterior Cervical Discectomy
    PCDF – Posterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
    TLIF- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
    XLIF- Extreme Lateral Interbody fusion

    Treatment Acronyms
    Cauterization- burning of a blood vessel or a nerve
    ESI- Epidural Steroid Injection
    FI- Facet Injection
    PP- pain pump
    RFA – Radio Frequency Ablation
    PT- Physical Therapy
    SCS- Spinal cord stimulation
    TENS- Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation

    Commonly used Condition and Report Acronyms
    Spondylolsis- arthritis of the spine
    Spondylolysthesis- slippage of one vertebra over another toward the front of the body
    Retrolisthesis- slippage of one vertebrae over another to the posterior of the body
    DB- Disc bulge is a broad based area of the disc that is located outside the normal anatomical margins

    DE- Disc extrusion- broken off piece of the disc that is not in contact with the rest of the disc

    DDD- Degenerative Disc Disease
    Foramen- Opening on each side of the vertebre, where the nerve roots exit at each spinal level/segment
    Herniation- a segment/portion of a disc that is displaced from the rest of the disc. It is usually still attached to the remaining disc.
    Stenosis –narrowing of the foramina or central canal of the spinal column

    Anatomical Acronyms
    Anterior – toward the front of the body
    Annulus– fibrious covering of a disc
    Cauda Equina- the “horses tail” or spinal nerves in the lumbar area of the spine
    Conus Medullaris- end of the spinal cord proper, located at L1
    Disc – “cushion” between each vertebra
    Dura- covering of the spinal cord
    FJ- facet joint
    Foramina- Foramen- where the nerve roots exit in the lumbar spine
    Lamina- covering or roof of the back of the spine
    PD- pars defect
    Posterior- toward the rear of the body
    Thecal sac- covering the sac containing the spinal nerves
    Spinal column- vertebra running throughout your spine
    SI Joint- Sacro-illiac Joint
    Vertebra/Vertebre- bony segments of the spine

    TEST Acronyms
    CT- Computer Aided Tomography
    BDS- Bone density scan
    EMG – electromyography
    Fluroscopy*- a real time imaging machine similar to an xray-often used during spinal injections, and other procedures and myelogram procedures.
    Myelogram- test in which dye in injected into the thecal space and images are taken
    MRI- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    SSEP- Somatosensory Evoked Potential
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