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Fred Howard

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
DepartmentObstetrics and Gynecology
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 668
Rochester NY 14642
 
 Awards And Honors
1967     Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Berea College
1967     Austin Scholar Berea College
1968     Perley F. Ayer Memorial Award Berea College.
1975     Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Vanderbilt University.
1980     Outstanding Chief Resident Award Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.
1992     Residents' Teaching Award Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
1992     Residents' Teaching Award Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
1993     Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics APGO Excellence in Teaching Award.
1995     Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
1996     Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
1997     Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
1998     Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
1999     Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education.
1999     Excellence in Teaching Award Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
2006     Speaker of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada  | Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
2006 - 2007Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award  | American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
 
 Overview
Dr. Howard is Associate Chair for Academic Affairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Division of Obstetric/Gynecologic Specialties, and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He earned his bachelors degree at Berea College in 1969, his masters degree at Purdue University in 1972, and his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1976. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado and served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Georgia and South Carolina. Dr. Howard was in private practice and on the faculties of the University of South Carolina Medical School and Medical University of South Carolina before moving to Rochester in 1991. He was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rochester General Hospital, where he established the first center in upstate New York dedicated to the treatment of endometriosis and pelvic pain, prior to becoming a Division Director at Strong Memorial Hospital in May, 2000.
Dr. Howard is an internationally-recognized expert on chronic pelvic pain in women, and is senior editor of the textbook Pelvic Pain: Diagnosis and Management, published by Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. He is the author of numerous scientific papers on pelvic pain, endometriosis, and laparoscopic surgery. In collaborative research with his wife he has also co-authored scientific papers on breastfeeding and neonatal circumcision. His current primary areas of research interest are in gynecologic laparoscopic surgery and chronic pelvic pain in women.

Dr. Howard is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and holds Certification in Advanced Operative Laparoscopy and Advanced Operative Hysteroscopy by the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy. He is Chairman of the board of directors of the International Pelvic Pain Society where he has served as president and vice president. He is on the Advisory Board of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

Dr. Howard has received a number of honors and awards. He was awarded a National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education in 1999 and 2007 by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Rochester General Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency each year from 1995 to 2000. He was awarded the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics APGO Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993. He received the Residents' Teaching Award from the department of Obstetrics ad Gynecology at the University of Rochester in 1992 and 1993. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Howard's practice is primarily a referral practice for the care of women with chronic pelvic pain or endometriosis, and for advanced operative laparoscopic surgery.

Current areas of clinical and research interest:
Gynecologic laparoscopic surgery and chronic pelvic pain women.

 
 Selected Publications
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  1. Warren JW, Howard FM, Morozov VV. Is there a high incidence of hysterectomy and other nonbladder surgeries before and after onset of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Jan; 208(1):77.e1-6.
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  2. Shin JH, Howard FM. Abdominal wall nerve injury during laparoscopic gynecologic surgery: incidence, risk factors, and treatment outcomes. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2012 Jul-Aug; 19(4):448-53.
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  3. Howard FM. Surgical treatment of endometriosis. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2011 Dec; 38(4):677-86.
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  4. Shin JH, Howard FM. Management of chronic pelvic pain. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2011 Oct; 15(5):377-85.
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  5. Warren JW, Morozov V, Howard FM. Could chronic pelvic pain be a functional somatic syndrome? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Sep; 205(3):199.e1-5.
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  6. Droz J, Howard FM. Use of the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire as a diagnostic tool in women with chronic pelvic pain. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2011 Mar-Apr; 18(2):211-7.
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  7. Warren JW, Clauw DJ, Wesselmann U, Langenberg PW, Howard FM, Morozov V. Sexuality and reproductive risk factors for interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome in women. Urology. 2011 Mar; 77(3):570-5.
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  8. Howard F. Is uterine retroversion and retroflexion a disease that requires surgical correction? J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2010 Nov-Dec; 17(6):671-2.
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  9. Foster DC, Kotok MB, Huang LS, Watts A, Oakes D, Howard FM, Poleshuck EL, Stodgell CJ, Dworkin RH. Oral desipramine and topical lidocaine for vulvodynia: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Sep; 116(3):583-93.
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  10. Butrick CW, Howard FM, Sand PK. Diagnosis and treatment of interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome: a review. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Jun; 19(6):1185-93.
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  11. Langenberg PW, Wallach EE, Clauw DJ, Howard FM, Diggs CM, Wesselmann U, Greenberg P, Warren JW. Pelvic pain and surgeries in women before interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar; 202(3):286.e1-6.
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  12. Howard FM. Endometriosis and mechanisms of pelvic pain. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2009 Sep-Oct; 16(5):540-50.
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  13. Foster DC, Kotok MB, Huang LS, Watts A, Oakes D, Howard FM, Stodgell CJ, Dworkin RH. The tampon test for vulvodynia treatment outcomes research: reliability, construct validity, and responsiveness. Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Apr; 113(4):825-32.
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  14. Mayer RD, Howard FM. Sacral nerve stimulation: neuromodulation for voiding dysfunction and pain. Neurotherapeutics. 2008 Jan; 5(1):107-13.
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  15. Poleshuck EL, Dworkin RH, Howard FM, Foster DC, Shields CG, Giles DE, Tu X. Contributions of physical and sexual abuse to women's experiences with chronic pelvic pain. J Reprod Med. 2005 Feb; 50(2):91-100.
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  16. Howard CR, Howard FM. Management of breastfeeding when the mother is ill. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Sep; 47(3):683-95.
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  17. Howard FM. The role of laparoscopy in the chronic pelvic pain patient. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Dec; 46(4):749-66.
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  18. Howard CR, Howard FM, Lanphear B, Eberly S, deBlieck EA, Oakes D, Lawrence RA. Randomized clinical trial of pacifier use and bottle-feeding or cupfeeding and their effect on breastfeeding. Pediatrics. 2003 Mar; 111(3):511-8.
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  19. Howard FM. Chronic pelvic pain. Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Mar; 101(3):594-611.
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  20. Howard FM, El-Minawi AM, Sanchez RA. Conscious pain mapping by laparoscopy in women with chronic pelvic pain. Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Dec; 96(6):934-9.
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  21. Wrigley LC, Howard FM, Gabel D. Transcervical or intraperitoneal analgesia for laparoscopic tubal sterilization: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Dec; 96(6):895-8.
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  22. Kouides PA, Phatak PD, Burkart P, Braggins C, Cox C, Bernstein Z, Belling L, Holmberg P, MacLaughlin W, Howard F. Gynaecological and obstetrical morbidity in women with type I von Willebrand disease: results of a patient survey. Haemophilia. 2000 Nov; 6(6):643-8.
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  23. Howard C, Howard F, Lawrence R, Andresen E, DeBlieck E, Weitzman M. Office prenatal formula advertising and its effect on breast-feeding patterns. Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Feb; 95(2):296-303.
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  24. Howard CR, Howard FM, Fortune K, Generelli P, Zolnoun D, tenHoopen C, deBlieck E. A randomized, controlled trial of a eutectic mixture of local anesthetic cream (lidocaine and prilocaine) versus penile nerve block for pain relief during circumcision. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1999 Dec; 181(6):1506-11.
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  25. Howard CR, de Blieck EA, ten Hoopen CB, Howard FM, Lanphear BP, Lawrence RA. Physiologic stability of newborns during cup- and bottle-feeding. Pediatrics. 1999 Nov; 104(5 Pt 2):1204-7.
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  26. Dolan JG, Howard FM. A survey of gynecologists' attitudes regarding decision making in the management of non-cancerous conditions that frequently result in hysterectomy. Med Decis Making. 1999 Apr-Jun; 19(2):186-92.
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  27. Muenter MD, Forno LS, Hornykiewicz O, Kish SJ, Maraganore DM, Caselli RJ, Okazaki H, Howard FM, Snow BJ, Calne DB. Hereditary form of parkinsonism--dementia. Ann Neurol. 1998 Jun; 43(6):768-81.
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  28. El-Minawi AM, Howard FM. Iliohypogastric nerve entrapment following gynecologic operative laparoscopy. Obstet Gynecol. 1998 May; 91(5 Pt 2):871.
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  29. Howard FM, Leppert PC. Reaction of residents to a teaching collaborative practice. J Nurse Midwifery. 1998 Jan-Feb; 43(1):38-40.
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  30. Howard FM. Surgical management of benign cystic teratoma. Laparoscopy vs. laparotomy. J Reprod Med. 1995 Jul; 40(7):495-9.
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  31. Howard FM, Vill M. Laparoscopic adnexal surgery during pregnancy. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 1994 Nov; 2(1):91-3.
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  32. Howard CR, Howard FM, Weitzman M, Lawrence R. Antenatal formula advertising: another potential threat to breast-feeding. Pediatrics. 1994 Jul; 94(1):102-4.
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  33. Howard FM, Sweeney TR. Omental herniation after operative laparoscopy. A case report. J Reprod Med. 1994 May; 39(5):415-6.
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  34. Howard CR, Howard FM, Weitzman ML. Acetaminophen analgesia in neonatal circumcision: the effect on pain. Pediatrics. 1994 Apr; 93(4):641-6.
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  35. Howard CR, Howard FM, Weitzman ML. Infant formula distribution and advertising in pregnancy: a hospital survey. Birth. 1994 Mar; 21(1):14-9.
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  36. Howard FM, Howard CR, Weitzman M. The physician as advertiser: the unintentional discouragement of breast-feeding. Obstet Gynecol. 1993 Jun; 81(6):1048-51.
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  37. Howard FM, Sanchez R. A comparison of laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy and abdominal hysterectomy. J Gynecol Surg. 1993; 9(2):83-90.
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  38. Lorish TR, Thorsteinsson G, Howard FM. Stiff-man syndrome updated. Mayo Clin Proc. 1989 Jun; 64(6):629-36.
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  39. Cikes N, Momoi MY, Williams CL, Howard FM, Hoagland HC, Whittingham S, Lennon VA. Striational autoantibodies: quantitative detection by enzyme immunoassay in myasthenia gravis, thymoma, and recipients of D-penicillamine or allogeneic bone marrow. Mayo Clin Proc. 1988 May; 63(5):474-81.
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  40. Howard FM, Lennon VA, Finley J, Matsumoto J, Elveback LR. Clinical correlations of antibodies that bind, block, or modulate human acetylcholine receptors in myasthenia gravis. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1987; 505:526-38.
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  41. Williams CL, Lennon VA, Momoi MY, Howard FM. Serum antibodies and monoclonal antibodies secreted by thymic B-cell clones from patients with myasthenia gravis define striational antigens. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1987; 505:168-79.
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  42. Gracey DR, Divertie MB, Howard FM, Payne WS. Postoperative respiratory care after transsternal thymectomy in myasthenia gravis. A 3-year experience in 53 patients. Chest. 1984 Jul; 86(1):67-71.
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  43. Gracey DR, Howard FM, Divertie MB. Plasmapheresis in the treatment of ventilator-dependent myasthenia gravis patients. Report of four cases. Chest. 1984 Jun; 85(6):739-43.
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  44. Gracey DR, Divertie MB, Howard FM. Mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure in myasthenia gravis. Two-year experience with 22 patients. Mayo Clin Proc. 1983 Sep; 58(9):597-602.
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  45. Rodriguez M, Gomez MR, Howard FM, Taylor WF. Myasthenia gravis in children: long-term follow-up. Ann Neurol. 1983 May; 13(5):504-10.
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  46. Fairbanks VF, Lennon VA, Kokmen E, Howard FM. Tests for pernicious anemia: serum intrinsic factor blocking antibody. Mayo Clin Proc. 1983 Mar; 58(3):203-4.
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  47. Gracey DR, McMichan JC, Divertie MB, Howard FM. Respiratory failure in Guillain-Barré syndrome: a 6-year experience. Mayo Clin Proc. 1982 Dec; 57(12):742-6.
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  48. Kelly JJ, Daube JR, Lennon VA, Howard FM, Younge BR. The laboratory diagnosis of mild myasthenia gravis. Ann Neurol. 1982 Sep; 12(3):238-42.
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  49. Simsen DA, Shirts SR, Howard FM, Sims J, Hill JM. Endometrial findings in asymptomatic postmenopausal women on exogenous estrogens--a preliminary report. Gynecol Oncol. 1981 Feb; 11(1):56-63.
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  50. Sahashi K, Engel AG, Lambert EH, Howard FM. Ultrastructural localization of the terminal and lytic ninth complement component (C9) at the motor end-plate in myasthenia gravis. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 1980 Mar; 39(2):160-72.
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  51. Carpenter RJ, McDonald TJ, Howard FM. The otolaryngologic presentation of myasthenia gravis. Laryngoscope. 1979 Jun; 89(6 Pt 1):922-8.
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  52. Buckingham JM, Howard FM, Bernatz PE, Payne WS, Harrison EG, O'Brien PC, Weiland LH. The value of thymectomy in myasthenia gravis: a computer-assisted matched study. Ann Surg. 1976 Oct; 184(4):453-8.
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  53. Mulder DW, Howard FM. Patient resistance and prognosis in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Mayo Clin Proc. 1976 Sep; 51(9):537-41.
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  54. Howard FM, Duane DD, Lambert EH, Daube JR. Alternate-day prednisone: preliminary report of a double-blind controlled study. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1976; 274:596-607.
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  55. Greene LF, Ghosh MK, Howard FM. Transurethral prostatic resection in patients with myasthenia gravis. J Urol. 1974 Aug; 112(2):226-7.
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  56. Seybold ME, Howard FM, Duane DD, Payne WS, Harrison EG. Thymectomy in juvenile myasthenia gravis. Arch Neurol. 1971 Nov; 25(5):385-92.
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  57. Winkelmann RK, Mulder DW, Lambert EH, Howard FM, Diessner GR. Course of dermatomyositis-polymyositis: comparison of untreated and cortisone-treated patients. Mayo Clin Proc. 1968 Aug; 43(8):545-56.
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  58. Howard FM, Seybold ME, Reiher J. The treatment of recurrent convulsions with intravenous injection of diazepam. Med Clin North Am. 1968 Jul; 52(4):977-87.
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  59. Howard FM. Myasthenic diseases and related physiology. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1966 Mar; 47(3):137-46.
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  60. Howard FM. Treatment of myasthenia gravis and other diseases with a defect in neuromuscular transmission. Mod Treat. 1966 Mar; 3(2):278-97.
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  61. Carter JB, Diessner GR, Howard FM. Myasthenia gravis and rheumatoid spondylitis. Coexistence in three cases. JAMA. 1965 Nov 22; 194(8):913-4.
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  62. Howard FM, Silverstein MN, Mulder DW. The coexistence of myasthenia gravis and pernicious anemia. Am J Med Sci. 1965 Nov; 250(5):518-26.
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  63. Carter JB, Diessner GR, Howard FM. Myasthenia gravis and rheumatoid spondylitis. Coexistence in three cases. JAMA. 1965 Oct 11; 194(2):197-9.
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  64. ALARCON SEGOVIA D, GALBRAITH RF, MALDONADO JE, HOWARD FM. SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS FOLLOWING THYMECTOMY FOR MYSTHENIA GRAVIS. REPORT OF TWO CASES. Lancet. 1963 Sep 28; 2(7309):662-5.
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  65. HOWARD FM. A new and effective drug in the treatment of the stiff-man syndrome: preliminary report. Proc Staff Meet Mayo Clin. 1963 May 22; 38:203-12.
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