Close this search box.
Go Back

Medyo May Kiliti: Unscrambling Doctor Speak



Mekeni! Let’s take a joyful ride through the often-confusing alleys of medical lingo. You see,
doctors have their secret code — a language that, without a handy translation, might as well
be ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

But fear not! We’re here to translate these medical mumbo jumbos into something as
familiar as your Lola’s kakanin.

Biopsy: The ‘Kuha Sample’ Shimmy
Not to be confused with a pasalubong, a biopsy is when doctors take a tiny bit of tissue,
parang kutsinta, to check for illness under a microscope. It’s like sampling bagoong before
you buy a jar.

Angioplasty: The Baradong Lababo Fix
Picture this: Your heart has some ‘baradong’ (clogged) pipes, and angioplasty is like
Maynilad cleaning them out. Doctors insert a tiny balloon to push away the ‘bara,’ keeping
the flow as smooth as the traffic on a Sunday morning.


Dialysis: The Linis Routine
When kidneys say “I need a break, po,” dialysis steps in like a bi-weekly or tri-weekly
general cleaning for your blood, similar to how you’d clear out the canal after a bagyo to
make everything run clear again, but more often to keep things extra clean.

Stethoscope: The Tugtog ng Puso
This isn’t just a fashion accessory doctors wear. The stethoscope is like a bamboo guitar
that listens to the music of your heart and lungs, serenading doctors with the sounds of
your inner workings.

Ultrasound: The Tiyan Echo Sound System
No, it’s not for karaoke. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create pictures of what’s inside
you, like a bat’s echolocation finding its way around or like when you’re checking if the
kalamay is done by listening to the bubbles.

Sphygmomanometer: The Presyon Master
Hard to say but easy to understand, this tool measures your blood pressure, much like a
tire gauge for your jeepney. It ensures you’re not over-inflated or too flat to hit the road.

Hypertension: The Silent Tambay
Known as high blood pressure, hypertension is the sneaky tambay in your body’s kanto,
hanging around without making too much noise but can cause trouble like a blocked alley.

Asthma: The Hingal King
Asthma turns your airways into EDSA during rush hour, making breathing a battle. It’s like
when the hangin is full of alikabok, and your lungs are trying to filter through the chaos.

Diabetes: The Sweet Overload
Diabetes happens when your blood has more sugar than a leche flan, leading to a host of
health issues. It’s like having too much asukal in your kapeng barako—it spoils the balance.


Prognosis: The Weather Forecast for Your Health
Just like how we listen to PAGASA for tomorrow’s weather, prognosis is the doctor’s.
forecast about how your illness might go. Will it be sunny days ahead, or is there a bit of
rain in your health forecast? It’s about knowing what to expect.

Anaphylaxis: The Ultimate Allergic Reaction
Anaphylaxis is not the latest dance craze but a serious allergic reaction that can happen
faster than a jeepney filling up at rush hour. It’s like your body’s overreaction to peanuts or
bee stings, turning a small thing into a big emergency.

Acute: The ‘Biglang Liko’ in Health
Acute doesn’t just describe cute puppies. In medical terms, it’s like a sudden ‘biglang liko’
for your health – an illness that comes quickly and needs quick attention, unlike chronic
conditions that are the long road trips of health issues.

We Filipinos have a knack for finding humor in everything, which is a beautiful aspect of
our culture. A good laugh can brighten our days, but when it comes to our health, it’s
crucial to approach it with the seriousness it deserves.

Sometimes, we might not think it’s important to see a doctor, especially if we’re just feeling
a little unwell. But it’s always better to be safe and check with a professional. At PRI Medical
Center, we understand the importance of accessible and compassionate healthcare. If
something we talked about today makes you think about your health, yung “medyo may
kiliti”, or if you just want to make sure everything is okay, it’s a good idea to make an
appointment with your doctor.

More to explore