Abbreviations

Alpha-1AT – alpha-1-antitrypsin
AAFB – alcohol and acid fast bacilli
ABPA – allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
ACBT – active cycle of breathing technique
ALP – alkaline phosphatase
ALT – alanine transferase
ASL – airway surface liquid
AST – aspartate transaminase
BMD – bone mineral density
BMI – body mass index
BMC – bone mineral content
BAL – bronchoalveolar lavage
CBAVD – congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens
CFLD – cystic fibrosis liver disease
COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CFTR – cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator
CFRD – cystic fibrosis related diabetes
CRP – C-reactive protein
CT – computerised tomography
DXA – dual energy X-ray absorptiometry
ECG – electrocardiogram
FDA – Food ad Drug Administration
EFA – essential fatty acid
ECMO – extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
eFLOW – nebuliser using mesh technology
EMLA – eutectic mixture for local anaesthetic
ESR – erythrocyte sedimentation rate
FET – forced expiratory technique
GORD – gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
GERD – gastroesophageal reflux                                                                                                HFFC – high frequency chest compression
HIVT – home intravenous antibiotic treatment
ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection
Ineb – nebuliser using mesh technology
IVF – in vitro fertilisation
LCI – lung clearance index
MESA – microscopic epidermal sperm aspiration
MIC – minimum inhibitory concentration
NSAID – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
PESA – percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration
PFT – pulmonary function test
PGD – preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Promixin – brand name for a colomycin product
QCT – quantitative computed tomography
rhDNase – recombinant human DNase (Pulmozyme)
SD – standard deviation
TNF alpha – tumour necrosis factor alpha
TIVAD – totally implantable venous access device
UDCA – ursodeoxycholic acid