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Understand Medical Terms

Understand Medical Terms

Our members have compiled the following list of common PSC abbreviations.  Please send any additions or corrections to webmaster@pscpartners.org.

5-ASA 5-aminosalicylic acid
6-MP 6-mercaptopurine
AIH autoimmune hepatitis
ALP alkaline phosphatase
ALT alanine aminotransferase
AST aspartate aminotransferase
Bx biopsy
CA19-9 carbohydrate antigen 19-9
CDB common bile duct
CC or CCA cholangiocarcinoma
CD Crohn’s disease
CEA carcinoembryonic antigen
Dx diagnosis
GGT gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
FNA fine needle aspiration
FISH fluorescent in-situ hybridization
HA hepatic artery
HE hepatic encephalopathy
IV intravenously
IBD inflammatory bowel disease
INR international normalized ratio
LFT liver function test
LT liver transplantation
MRCP magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
PBC primary biliary cirrhosis
PSC primary sclerosing cholangitis
PTT prothrombin time
Tx transplant
RUQ or URQ upper right quadrant or torso
Medical Dictionary

An excellent medical dictionary is available from the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Here is another good medical dictionary:


Medical Encyclopedia

The NIH medical encyclopedia is available by clicking here.