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Dynamometry can be used for Continuum Lifelong Learning Neurol 2012;18(1):13–38 The thoracoabdominal sensory level) with knowledge of angle between the shin and the unsup- During light touch and pin testing less cholesterol in raw eggs order lipitor 5 mg with amex, peripheral nerve anatomy ported foot should be approximately ask the patient whether the tested areas and types of disease 130 degrees cholesterol balance score cheap lipitor 20mg fast delivery. Attempt to cholesterol levels new zealand immigration purchase 40mg lipitor fast delivery establish an area of hands cholesterol definition francais generic lipitor 20 mg mastercard, the second and fifth digit ab- relatively normal sensation for com- ductors are often affected first. Compare proximal and distal the sensory examination should be locations; the face, arm, and leg; and the approached with peripheral nerve anat- right and left sides. Most major derma- omy and types of disease patterns in tomes and nerves should be covered. It can be divided into small and suggested initial screen involves testing large fiber evaluation. Assessment of bilaterally at the forehead, cheek, chin, large fiber function includes vibration, lateral upper arm, palmar surfaces of joint position, and light touch, and digits two and five, lateral thigh, calf (an- small fiber assessment includes pin- teromedial, anterolateral), distal dorsum prick and temperature. Romberg test- of great toe, and lateral sole toward the ing also evaluates large fiber function. Temperature sensation Light touch evaluates low threshold canbeassessedwithicewater,buta mechanoreception and is mediated by tuning fork may be sufficiently cold and both small and large fibers. Detec- Vibratory perception is best assessed tion of lightest touch or stroking repre- with a 128-Hz tuning fork. The malleo- sents a measure of low-threshold sensory lus, tibial tuberosity, finger, and wrist perception. The time interval until 10-g microfilaments is associated with perception of vibration is lost is mea- increased risk of unappreciated trauma. A young adult should appreciate Small fiber evaluation may be per- vibration at the great toe for a minimum formed by examining pain and tem- of 15 seconds; this value may decline by perature using a pin or broken cotton 1 second per decade. The goal is to apply tion of less than 10 seconds at the great sharp stimuli without applying signifi- toe is abnormal at any age. To between sharp and dull stimuli indicates minimize the time needed to perform loss of nociceptive fibers relative to low- the vibratory examination, we suggest threshold mechanoreceptor fibers. Initial While performing the sensory exami- testing uses only a very light percussion nation, think anatomically to discern of the tuning fork. If vibration is de- different patterns of numbness, includ- tected, then vibratory perception is ing the following: considered normal in that location. If & Mononeuropathy vibratory perception is not detected, & PolyneuropathyVdistal symmetric then a moderate or a strong percussion 16 This leads to a rapid and ease) and the spine (cervical spondy- h Ankle jerk hyporeflexia relatively reproducible vibratory percep- lotic myelopathy, multiple sclerosis, or areflexia is common tion assessment with four possible grades. Joint position is tested in tive neuromuscular disorders should h Gait examination can the large toe and second finger at the also be considered, including polyra- reveal weakness not distal interphalangeal joint. The digit diculopathy (multiple compressive radi- identified on manual should be held at the lateral borders culopathies related to spondylosis, muscle testing. The and the movement excursion should be subarachnoid space infection, or ma- patient may be asked to minimal. Reflexes diminish with age; biopsy, quantitative sensory testing, and versus small, somatic an absent ankle jerk at age 80 may be other testing may be needed. Characterization of a neu- affected (eg, ropathy includes consideration of the length-dependent, ping. Footdrop may result in a steppage temporal profile (tempo of onset and length-independent, gait that is sometimes audible. Anatomic classification involves h Characterization of a (1) fiber type (motor versus sensory, neuropathy helps the walking. A wide-based gait or difficulty large versus small, somatic versus au- clinician minimize the with tandem walking may highlight testingneededto subtle sensory ataxia. On the basis of the history and physical Characterization of the neuropathy examination, the physician should assess helps the clinician minimize the test- whether the signs and symptoms corre- ing needed to determine the etiology of late with a neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is to confirm that the signs and symptoms the most common cause of neuropathy correspond to a neurologic disease in the United States and has several phe- rather than a primarily psychiatric dis- notypes, which are discussed in detail 3 order. Next, diseases of the brain in the article ‘‘Diabetic Neuropathy’’ in (multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular dis- this issue of. Thus, a Patients with inherited neuropathies month or less suggests neuropathy that has an alternate onset tend to have a relative paucity of symp- Guillain-Barre syndrome,fi or course may direct the clinician to a toms in comparison to their physical vasculitis, porphyria, an limited differential diagnosis. Genetic neuropa- infectious etiology (eg, thies are covered in more detail in the precise date of onset is suggestive of diphtheria, Lyme disease), article ‘‘Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease an infectious neuropathy. Hyperacute or toxic/drug exposure lesions presenting over 24 to 72 hours and Related Genetic Neuropathies’’ in (eg, arsenic, thallium, are rare and may reflect vasculitic lesions this issue of. The considered in patients infectious etiology (eg, diphtheria, types of classification fall into three main with a family history of Lyme disease), or toxic/drug exposure groups: nerve fiber type, portion of fiber neuropathy, lack of positive sensory (eg, arsenic, thallium, chemotherapeu- affected, and distribution of nerves af- symptoms, early age tic agents, dapsone). Classification by fiber type associated skeletal days is most likely related to critical includes motor versus sensory, somatic abnormalities, or very illness myopathy with thick filament versus autonomic, and small versus large slowly progressive (myosin) loss, but may be caused by fiber size. Itisrarefor 6 months or less can suggest toxic neuropathy syndromes to be purely neuropathy, nutritional deficiency, ma- motor or sensory. Although most neu- lignancy, paraneoplastic syndromes ropathies are mixed, they may predomi- (sensory neuronopathy), and some me- nantly reflect dysfunction of one fiber tabolic abnormalities. It is relatively common for pa- a relapsing and remitting course sug- tients to notice only motor or sensory gests demyelination and subsequent symptoms but to have the examination remyelination. Possible etiologies in- or diagnostic testing confirm that both clude chronic inflammatory demyelin- fiber types are involved. Repeated symptoms are infrequently the sole pre- toxic exposures should also be consid- sentation. Vasculitis may also have this tem- tors, including the exquisite sensitivity poral profile. Intrinsic foot muscle A genetic etiology should be considered weakness often goes unnoticed by the in a generalized polyneuropathy. A h Features suggesting Sjofigren syndrome, sarcoidosis, uremia, neuropathy may be classified as pre- demyelinating paraneoplastic syndromes, pyridoxine dominantly or initially involving the neuropathy include (vitamin B6) intoxication, and hereditary Schwann cell, causing demyelination, or weakness without neuropathies. Autonomic tion can be made electrodiagnostically length-independent dysfunction may be seen as a compo- or pathologically. Features suggestive distribution with a nent of a generalized polyneuropathy of a demyelinating neuropathy include proximal predominant or asymmetric/patchy or a distal small fiber sensory neurop- weakness without atrophy, a length- distribution either athy or may occur as a result of a independent distribution with a proxi- clinically or predominantly autonomic neuropathy. In many polyneuropa- abolic conditions, and connective tissue thies, small fibers are predominantly disorders. Most neuropathies Amoredetailedlistoflesscommon are symmetric and length-dependent. This topic is to metabolic, idiopathic, inherited, or 5 also discussed in detail in the article toxic conditions. The differential are commonly attributed the feet, which are supplied by the diagnosis of length-independent neuro- to metabolic, idiopathic, longest axons. Anterior tibial compart- A neuropathy with significant early involvement, especially ment muscle weakness then causes proximal involvement raises the pos- hip flexor weakness, ankle dorsiflexion weakness. Combined the large bulk of posterior compartment hip flexor weakness is suggestive of proximal and distal weakness is the hallmark musculature. Unfortu- a length-dependent pattern, as the nately, despite adequate and thorough longer fibers have a higher probability evaluation, many chronic sensorimotor of being affected. In a predominantly sensory neurop- In contrast, length-independent athy, asymmetric, proximal, or patchy neuropathies or asymmetric neuropa- distribution of dysfunction suggests a thies may begin proximally or have a sensory neuronopathy directly affect- patchy distribution. The facial palsies associ- neuropathy multiplex traditionally refers ated with Lyme disease and sarcoidosis to individual nerve involvement in a may occur either simultaneously or sepa- stepwise temporal progression. In Melkersson-Rosenthal severe disease, this may result in a con- syndrome recurrent facial paralysis, lip fluent pattern similar to asymmetric and facial swelling, and fissured tongue polyneuropathy. She denied loss of blood glucose, vision, diplopia, dysarthria, dysphagia, incontinence, limb weakness, or electrolytes to assess balance difficulty. She was recently diagnosed with hypertension and renal and liver function, started on atenolol. She drank complete blood count socially and smoked one pack of cigarettes per day. She had a family and differential, vitamin history of diabetes and ovarian cancer. Physical examination was B12, erythrocyte remarkable for reduced sensation to pinprick in the V2 distribution of the sedimentation rate, left face and reduced sensation to pinprick in the right thigh and foot. Electrodiagnostic testing of the legs, including bilateral sural function tests, and and superficial peroneal responses, was normal.

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While primary prevention of the underlying damage to does cholesterol medication raise liver enzymes purchase 20 mg lipitor free shipping nerves and vessels is addressed elsewhere in this guideline (see Chapter 15: Nerve damage) cholesterol levels quiz generic 10mg lipitor mastercard, secondary intervention in those developing such risk factors can reduce this burden and cost on both the person with diabetes and society cholesterol ratio 4.4 buy generic lipitor 5 mg on-line. A strategy that includes prevention the cholesterol in eggs generic 40mg lipitor with mastercard, patient and staff education, multidisciplinary treatment of foot ulcers, and close monitoring can substantially reduce amputation rates. Evidence-base Because of the potential for improvement of health and reduction of health- care costs, the evidence surrounding diabetes foot-care has been extensively and formally reviewed in many guidelines [1-6]. Providing foot-care education for all patients, with increased intensity for those at higher risk [7], and vascular interventions where critical ischaemia is identifed (or is contributing to ulceration), are also common recommendations arising from the evidence-base. Diabetes foot care is predicated on regular examination of the feet for lesions which require treatment and for risk factors for future ulceration and amputation. The main risk factors include a past history of foot ulcer or amputation, peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease and foot deformity. In the majority, inappropriate footwear is the fnal event in the causal pathway to ulceration. Risk can be stratifed according to the presence or absence of risk factors and risk classifcation schemes are generally similar across guidelines. Although assessment methods vary in their sophistication, accurate risk classifcation can be achieved with simple procedures available in routine primary care. Interventions are based on risk level and should focus on individuals with an elevated risk. All people with diabetes require foot care education and regular assessment with the intensity increasing according to level of risk. Ideally patients with a foot ulcer should be referred to a multidisciplinary foot care team consisting of a diabetologist, surgeon (general and/or vascular and/ or orthopaedic), podiatrist and diabetic nurse. Consideration There is little controversy over the system and needs of diabetes foot-care provision. Most recommendations of formal evidence-based guidelines can be implemented with little modifcation in situations where minimal health-care funding resources are available, as simply removing shoes and examining feet can usefully prevent serious foot problems and save people from becoming disabled and unproductive members of their communities. Implementation the availability of basic equipment, appropriate protocols, structured records and recall systems need to be supported by appropriate training for professionals providing screening and management services. In particular the training and provision of non-medically qualifed foot-care assistants (podiatrists or people fulflling that role) need to be assured. Liaison needs to be established with orthotists, footwear suppliers and cast technicians. Facilities for vascular scanning and vascular interventions will be by agreement with vascular surgical staff. Policy makers should be approached to consider the socio-economic burden of diabetes foot problems and assure structural and fnancial support for preventative strategies. Potential indicator Data to be collected Indicator Denominator Calculation of indicator for calculation of indicator Number of people with type 2 diabetes Percentage of people having at least one foot with type 2 diabetes Number of people with Documentation and examination in the past having at least one foot type 2 diabetes seen in date of the most recent year as a percentage of examination in the past the past year. National evidence-based guideline on prevention, identifcation and management of foot complications in diabetes (part of the guidelines on management of type 2 diabetes). Diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease in diabetic patients with a foot ulcer. Use serum B12, thyroid function tests, creatinine/ urea and medication history to exclude other causes. Manage by stabilising blood glucose control, and treatment with tricyclic antidepressants if simple analgesia is not successful. If a one month trial of tricyclic therapy is not successful, further treatment options include pregabalin/gabapentin and duloxetine, then tramadol and oxycodone. Be aware of the psychological impact of continuing symptoms, particularly if sleep is disturbed. It contributes not only to foot problems (see Chapter 14: Foot care) but also to a range of troublesome symptoms including pain/paraesthesia and (where the autonomic nervous system is involved) gastro-intestinal, bladder and sexual problems. Evidence-base Aspects of neuropathy which do not relate directly to foot care have received increasing attention in evidence-based guidelines [1-4]. In addition, treatment options are expanding, especially for painful neuropathy [5-7]. Exclusion of non-diabetic causes of neuropathy is important because these may account for 10% of cases of neuropathy in people with diabetes [8]. These include assessment for vitamin B12 defciency, hypothyroidism and renal insuffciency as well as enquiry about neurotoxic medications and excessive alcohol consumption. The range of tests available in clinical and research settings is detailed in two technical reviews [9,10]. There is general agreement that stabilising glycaemic control is important in the medium and longer term, and that tricyclic medications should be used as frst-line therapy for painful neuropathy, although side-effects are common. Newer antidepressants such as duloxetine can reduce pain intensity and improve quality of life. Anticonvulsants such as gabapentin and pregabalin are more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms of painful neuropathy. Finally opiate analgesia (tramadol, oxycodone) either alone or in combination with other agents, can improve symptom control in individuals not controlled with other agents or monotherapy [1-7]. There are a variety of manifestations of autonomic neuropathy including gastroparesis, diarrhoea, faecal incontinence, erectile dysfunction, bladder 98 disturbance, orthostatic hypotension, gustatory and other sweating disorders, dry feet and unexplained ankle oedema. Erectile dysfunction is a common but often overlooked complication of diabetes and specifc enquiry should be included as part of the annual review. Men with erectile dysfunction should receive education about contributory factors. Gastroparesis symptoms may improve with dietary changes and prokinetic agents such as metoclopramide or erythromycin. Although there is limited research on specifc dietary changes for improving gastroparetic symptoms, recommendations for low-fbre, and small, frequent meals, with a greater proportion of liquid energy have be helpful for some individuals [11]. Consideration Manifestations of polyneuropathy and autonomic neuropathy often require specifc enquiry and should be a part of the routine annual review. A diagnosis can usually be established by taking a history and a simple examination. Some therapies are costly which argues against their use in situations where resources could be better directed to prevention by measures aimed at improving and stabilising glycaemic control. Implementation Appropriate protocols should be developed for sensory testing and may include formal assessment using the neuropathy disability score. Medical teams need to remain trained in the diverse manifestations of autonomic neuropathy. Evaluation Evidence should be available of records of regular surveillance for neuropathic symptoms, usually as part of direct questioning in programmed annual review. Where appropriate, record should also be available of direct questioning for erectile dysfunction. The availability of simple equipment for surveillance, and of drug supplies, can be evaluated. Effcacy safety, and tolerability of pregabalin treatment for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy: fndings from seven randomized, controlled trials across a range of doses. Duloxetine for the management of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain: evidence-based fndings from post hoc analysis of three multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo- controlled, parallel-group studies. Asymptomatic older people should be screened for undiagnosed diabetes as outlined in Chapter 1: Screening and diagnosis. Clinicians should be alert to isolated post-challenge hyperglycaemia which is common in older people. A higher target may be appropriate in the presence of modifying factors such as vulnerability to hypoglycaemia, presence of co-morbidities, cognitive and mood status, and limited life expectancy. Metformin can be considered as frst-line glucose- lowering therapy, and as an adjunct to insulin therapy in those requiring insulin. Sulfonylurea is suitable as second-line therapy but is best avoided in those at higher risk of hypoglycaemia (the frail, housebound, or resident of a care home). Where risk of hypoglycaemia is moderate and an insulin secretagogue is being considered, an agent with a lower hypoglycaemic potential should be used. Insulin treatment should not be delayed but offered as an option when clinical features are appropriate. A basal insulin regimen may be safer in terms of hypoglycaemia risk than a pre-mixed insulin regimen. Aim for a target clinic blood pressure below 140/90 mmHg in people aged 70 to 80 years. Aim for a target clinic blood pressure below 150/90 mmHg in people aged over 80 years. Caution should be exercised in implementing aggressive blood pressure lowering therapy in older people.

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Depending on the anatomy of the lesion cholesterol test nhs generic lipitor 40mg visa, ideomotor apraxia may affect only contralateral or all four limbs plus midline functions cholesterol medication weight loss buy lipitor 20mg overnight delivery. Sympathetic apraxia is the inability of a patient to cholesterol medication list south africa generic lipitor 10mg on-line perform a complex motor act with the nonparetic limb in the presence of a unilateral dominant hemisphere lesion cholesterol spinach lipitor 5mg cheap. For instance, a patient with a left hemisphere lesion causing Broca’s aphasia may be unable to show how to wave goodbye using the left hand. This is because the fibers connecting the language areas of the left hemisphere with the motor areas of the right hemisphere are disrupted. The patient understands the request, has no weakness of the left hand, but is unable to execute because the right hemisphere never receives the command. In ideational (conceptual) apraxia, the patient is able to carry out individual components of a complex motor act, but she cannot perform the entire sequence properly. The patient may perform each step correctly, but in attempting the sequence she omits steps or gets the steps out of order. Ideational apraxia seems to be an impairment in conceptualizing the overall goal of the activity sequence or an inability to plan the series of steps. For instance, in showing how to drive a car, the patient might try to put the car in drive before starting the engine. When asked to demonstrate how to mail a letter, the patient may seal the envelope before inserting the letter, or mail the letter before affixing the stamp. Ideational apraxia may occur with damage to the left posterior temporoparietal junction or in patients with generalized cognitive impairment. In daily life, patients with ideational apraxia may choose the wrong tool for a task, for example, eat soup with fork, or perform tasks out of sequence, for example, brush teeth before applying toothpaste. In one reported case, a woman trying to light a gas stove first struck the match, then blew it out, then lit the burner. On another occasion, she struck the match, then filled the kettle, then turned on the gas, causing a minor explosion. In buccofacial (oral) apraxia, patients are unable to execute on request complex acts involving the lips, mouth, and face; this may include such activities as whistling, coughing, pursing the lips, sticking out the tongue, blowing a kiss, pretending to blow out a match, or sniffing a flower. There is no weakness of the mouth, lips or face, but the patients are unable to make the requested movement. The patient may spontaneously lick her lips or stick out her tongue, but she is unable to do so on command. Apraxia of such midline functions is common in patients with lesions involving either hemisphere. Failure to execute such acts should not necessarily be construed as evidence of impaired comprehension in aphasic patients. Constructional or dressing apraxia usually occurs with parietal lobe lesions, occasionally frontal lesions that interfere with the patient’s ability to comprehend spatial relationships. In constructional apraxia, the patient is unable to copy geometric forms of any complexity because of impaired visuospatial skills. She may be able to draw individual shapes, but she cannot synthesize them into a more complex geometric figure. The patient may also be asked to draw actual things, such as a three-dimensional house with a roof and chimney, a clock, or a daisy. A test for both praxis and cognition is to have the patient draw a clock face, insert the numbers, and draw the hands at a specific time. Patients with frontal lobe dysfunction or a confusional state may have a disorganized and confused approach to the task, making multiple errors. A patient with cognitive impairment may forget the proper arrangement of numbers or how to indicate a specific time. Some patients cannot interpret 3:10 and will put one hand on the 10 and the other on the 3, indicating 2:50 or 10:15. The Rey-Osterrieth figure is very complex and can bring out subtle constructional apraxia (Figure 10. Constructional tasks are particularly useful for differentiating psychiatric from neurologic disease. Impaired constructional ability is a sensitive indicator of lesions involving various parts of the brain, but in patients with psychiatric disease, constructional ability is preserved. There is loss of the ability to manipulate the clothing in space and to understand its three-dimensional relationships. A useful test for dressing apraxia is to turn one sleeve of the hospital gown or robe inside out, and then ask the patient to put it on. Dressing apraxia can be particularly disabling, as the patient struggles for a long period of time each morning simply to get dressed. Constructional apraxia would be very disabling for a patient who was an artist or craftsman. Neurologic dysfunction occurs not because of destruction of cortex but because of defects in intrahemispheric or interhemispheric communication. In his 1965 paper, Disconnection syndromes in animals and man, which became the manifesto of behavioral neurology, Geschwind expanded and popularized the concept, describing several new examples. Other disconnection syndromes include ideomotor apraxia, sympathetic apraxia, pure word deafness, conduction aphasia, and the transcortical aphasias. The modality-specific agnosias may be disconnection syndromes in which the primary sensory area for a given modality is disconnected from the language and memory areas of the brain that are responsible for recognition and naming. Disconnection syndromes may result from any process that disrupts subcortical white matter, including infarction, hemorrhage, neoplasm, and trauma. The disconnection concept has been expanded to include disorders as diverse as schizophrenia, autism, and dyslexia, where disconnecting “lesions” remain inferred rather than demonstrable. Studies of connections in the living human brain in normal subjects and patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders using techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging, tractography, and electrophysiology are expanding the concepts of disconnection syndromes. Contemporary models invoke a network of multiple specialized cortical areas, grouped into territories and connected through parallel, bidirectional pathways. Concepts are expanding beyond white matter disconnections and cortical deficits to include white matter hyperconnectivity and cortical hyperfunction. Dysfunction may range from the loss of a specialized cortical region, for example, prosopagnosia from lesions of face-specialized cortex, to positive symptoms, for example, face hallucinations related to the hyperexcitability and spontaneous activation of face-specialized cortex. A combination of frontofrontal hyperconnectivity and frontal disconnection from other brain regions has been postulated in autism. The syndrome of alexia without agraphia (pure alexia, pure word blindness, agnosic alexia, central alexia, visual verbal agnosia) was elegantly described by Dejerine. These patients have a left occipital lobe lesion, usually an infarction, which extends anteriorly to involve the splenium of the corpus callosum or the adjacent white matter. They usually have a right homonymous hemianopia because of the occipital lobe lesion. Although the right occipital lobe and left visual field are intact, fibers from the right occipital lobe are disconnected from the language centers in the left parietal lobe because of disruption of commissural fibers in the splenium. The patients are unable to read because the visual information from the right occipital lobe cannot be transferred to the region of the opposite angular gyrus. They are typically better able to read letters than words, and individual letters better than letter strings. Because the angular gyrus is itself intact, patients are able to write without difficulty but are unable to read what they may have just written. In pure word deafness (auditory verbal agnosia, isolated speech deafness), patients are unable to understand speech but other language modalities are unimpaired. Spontaneous speech, reading, and writing are preserved in the face of a severe auditory comprehension deficit. Responsible pathology is typically bitemporal or dominant temporal, causing disconnection of Wernicke’s area from the primary auditory cortex. In pure word blindness, the patient cannot read, but other language functions are intact. There is conjecture that the dysphagia in Wallenberg’s lateral medullary syndrome may be due to a disconnection between premotor neurons related to swallowing and the bulbar nuclei responsible for execution. In callosal disconnection syndromes, there is evidence of interhemispheric disconnection causing deficits in corpus callosum function that resemble those seen in split-brain patients. Patients with anterior callosal lesions may have unilateral tactile anomia, unilateral agraphia, unilateral apraxia, difficulty inPthomegroup copying drawings, dyscalculia, abnormalities of somesthetic transfer, and the alien hand phenomenon. Posterior callosal lesions may cause left tactile anomia, left visual anomia, and agraphia of the left hand. A patient with infarction of the total length of the corpus callosum had unilateral verbal anosmia, hemialexia, unilateral ideomotor apraxia, unilateral agraphia, unilateral tactile anomia, unilateral constructional apraxia, lack of somesthetic transfer, and dissociative phenomena. Callosal apraxia refers to impaired ability to pantomime to command, imitate, or use actual objects with the left hand, with spared ability to perform these tasks with the right hand, due to a callosal lesion.

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