Medical terminology according to patients

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    I was thinking about times when patients use medical terminology that is a little different than what we would expect. Here are a few examples:

    A patient had his "goldbladder" removed.
    A patient with CAD s/p heart stent had "heart springs".
    I had a patient who had a "cadillac" (cataract) removed from their eye.
    One of my favorites: when a patient has "the gout".

    Or there are the ever popular names for certain body parts, such as the lady who wanted to make sure her gown was tied so her "goody bits" wouldn't show. I know there are more I have heard but can't think of them know.

    Anyone want to share?
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    Off the top of my head, nursefrances:

    "Hispaniola Disease" for Histoplasmosis.

    "Congenital" Heart Failure for Congestive Heart Failure.

    A lot of Patients who merely have had CABG's say that they've had "Open Heart Surgery".

    "Mr. Whipple's Procedure" for a Whipple Procedure.
    LTCNS, NF_eyenurse, Esme12, and 1 other like this.
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    Sugar diabetes is my favorite
    alexis_xoxo, tokmom, MsLindaW, and 5 others like this.
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    "The fits' for seizures
    "Done fell out" for fainting
    Pronounced Die ah rear (for diarrhea)
    a styme for STEMI
    Pronounced: Tide n all (for tylenol)
    Mind Grained for Migraine
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    They got sugar.
    They have dropsy...CHF
    Done fell out
    One lady who was older referred to her privates are her "ole pole cat"
    Bad blood...syphilis or hepatitis
    death rattle...that gurgling sound from CHF
    poppycat, LTCNS, Madras, and 2 others like this.
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    Don't forget "prostrate" trouble, or as they say here...can-suh!
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    "High blood" usually, but not always, refers to hypertension but requires some further conversation to determine whether s/he means HTN or "the diabeetus".
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    The aforementioned "sugar diabetes" always cracks me up.

    Also, I like the patients who have had "stints" placed after a CABG.

    Patients who take "I.B.profen" or "dilaubid" for pain.

    My friend has "the AIDS".

    "Oh! I didn't fracture my leg, I broke it."
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    Ammonia for pneumonia (hubby keeps saying this no matter how many times I correct him!)
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    Quote from Davey Do
    Off the top of my head, nursefrances:

    "Hispaniola Disease" for Histoplasmosis.

    "Congenital" Heart Failure for Congestive Heart Failure.

    A lot of Patients who merely have had CABG's say that they've had "Open Heart Surgery".

    "Mr. Whipple's Procedure" for a Whipple Procedure.
    Ummmm, a CABG is an open heart surgery.
    BrnEyedGirl, ShillaBSN, sapphire18, and 1 other like this.


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