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What are the disadvantages of using medical abbreviations?



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Although some abbreviations are used, an overuse of them could lead to confusion and misunderstandings.

Confusion and misinterpretation of desired meaning. Leading to wrong tests or therapies.

Acronyms can have several totally different meanings. The use of an acronym can be misinterpreted leading to misunderstanding of doctors orders, erroneous test results and wrong diagnoses.

For example: ML can mean 1) Midline, 2) Middle lobe, 3) Malignant Lymphoma. OD can mean: 1) Once a day or 2) Right eye.