unilateral recumbent position


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unilateral recumbent position

The position in which the patient lies on the right side is used in acute pleurisy, lobar pneumonia of the right side, and in a greatly enlarged liver; the position in which the patient lies on left side is used in lobar pneumonia, pleurisy on the left side, and in large pericardial effusions.
See: dorsal recumbent position for illus.
See also: position
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