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A transfer to another department or division without a promotion or increase in responsibility. A lateral may not come with a raise or bonus, and the term implies that it may not be desirable.
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In 30 patients both PA and opposite lateral decubitus views showed pneumothorax.
Which is a better position for insertion of a high thoracic epidural catheter: sittong or lateral decubitus? J Cardiothoracic Vasc Anesth 2006; 20: 656-8.
During the time the patient was kept in the lateral decubitus position (20 minutes), the sensory blockade was exclusively unilateral in 46 (92%) patients after 4.5 mg, 39 (78%) patients after 6.0 mg and 39 (78%) patients after 7.5 mg (Table 2).
With some pleural effusions, especially with subpulmonic location (layering below the lung but above the hemidiaphragm), a lateral Decubitus film is useful.
The patient was placed in the lateral decubitus position with the head in a neutral position, and a boom was used to apply 15 pounds of traction throughout the surgery.
Operative Procedures: Patient is positioned on lateral decubitus position after achieving proper regional anaesthesia (Usually supra-scapular block with inter-scalene brachial plexus anaesthesia).
His CXR (PA and lateral), lateral neck, right and left lateral decubitus graphies were all normal.
The tumour was removed using a transperitoneal laparoscopic approach with the patient in the right lateral decubitus position.
The effect of right versus left lateral decubitus positions on induction of spinal anesthesia for cesarean delivery.
The key point is that CLE can have different appearances at different times as it evolves (Figure 2).1 Additional studies that may prove useful in diagnosis and management include a lateral decubitus chest film, a CT scan (Figures 3 and 4), fluoroscopy, and a ventilation-perfusion scan.
A lateral decubitus radiograph can be obtained to confirm suspicions of a pleural effusion if an upright film is not definitive.

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