Thursday, July 1, 2010

Acronyms From Hell (AFH)

Medicine is full of acronyms and abbreviations. Our long words, ancient Latin names for just about everything, and mix of chemistry phrases, results in many things that are too long to say or write. So we shorten them to a few letters.

Some acronyms are better than others. While catching up on some reading, I stumbled upon this one for Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures. While the acronym makes sense, the writer probably didn't think about how it might sound when spoken.

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25 comments:

Moose said...

I bet there are a lot of people out there worried about the length of their PNES. However, since it sounds like it mostly occurs in children, I suspect that it's really all about cutting off the PNES at the tip. Er, I mean, start. Yeah. that's what I meant.

Cheryl said...

I almost had a seizure from laughing so hard!

Psychogenic, of course!

Steve Durfee said...

That's almost the same as what we call the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

eudyptula said...

I often snicker about the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). snicker...

The Mother said...

ROFLMAO

me said...

Too funny!

kids doc said...

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is a one of the most respected journals and is uniformly known among scientists by the anatomic acronym.

terri c said...

Hahahaha!!! Bad acronym. Common it seems, but still bad. Is the morbidity of this disorder particularly significant in female patients?

Anonymous said...

"Frequently, children with PNES are treated for a long period of time (7 months-3.5 years) with ... (AEDS) before they are found to have PNES."

CrazyNewt said...

See, I see that, and I hear "Pain in the Ass". Which probably fits. :)

Mary said...

I am just curious about the patient t-shirt quotes you post in your twitter box. Do you a lot of your patients come to your office wearing wacky quotes on their t-shirts? I'm not trying to imply that this is a bad thing. If it is true, I guess this substantiates even more the amount of crazy patients you encounter daily.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Mary- I don't ask them to wear T-shirts here. They just do. And some have oddball things on them.

Erin @ Sassin' Southern Style said...

More than one peripheral nerve injury makes me giggle: PNIs.

PHDnotMD said...

Thought of PNAS too. Also of the time I saw the CABG vanity plate outside the Texas Heart Institute and briefly wondered why someone would go to the trouble for a vegetable. (Yes, now I know.)

Anonymous said...

Peripheral Nervous System got a chuckle the first few times.

Lainie said...

So, I have to say this gets REALLY funny if you actually read it aloud.

Ben S said...

Reminds me of the mouse balls memo.

SlingingScripts said...

Also got a chuckle from the (click to enlarge) caption in the context of the picture.

Anonymous said...

The college of pharmacy at North Dakota State University switched names to recognize the other non-pharmacy students within it. They are now known as the college of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Applied Sciences. Yup. I went to the college of PNAS.

Anonymous said...

It's also really easy to remember the airport code for Pensacola, FL. PNS. Once my daughter and her friends were savvy enough to see the humor (about age 11 :), a penis has been known as a 'Pensacola'. As in, 'Mom! The door was open and I saw his Pensacola!'

Anonymous said...

go bison

Anonymous said...

An acronym is abbreviation formed by (usually initial) letters taken from a word or series of words, and which is itself pronounced as a word.
what you are talking about here are initialisms.

Have Myelin? said...

Love the story.

As a deaf person, I don't always know how to pronounce words.

Right after I got my driver's license mom left me a note (this was back in the 70's) to to to the airport and pick Dad up. He was flying in from Phoeniz, AZ. Mom neglected to say which gate though.

It doesn't take too much imagination to figure out how I pronounced Phoenix at the ticket counter.

Nashoba J said...

Heh. At my alma mater, there is a Physical, Natural, and Earth Sciences Building...or the PNES Building. Guess what the kids call it. :)

gabbiana said...

What, is it not cool to call them "pseudoseizures" anymore?

 
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