Radial Nerve Palsy Following Hemiarthroplasty of Hip: A Case Report Implying the Importance of Perioperative Patient Positioning

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 29-31| Nithin M, Shimna C S, Mani N J

Authors: Nithin M [1], Shimna C S [2], Mani N J [1].

[1] Department Of Orthopaedics Baby Memorial Hospital,calicut,kerala
[2] Department Of Physiology Government Medical College, Palakkad, Kerala.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Nithin M,
Sindhooram, Rayonpuram Po Perumbavoor, Kerala-683543
Email: nithinm.tmc@gmail.com


Introduction: OIntroduction: Peripheral nerve injury is a dreadfulpost operative complication which is a source of great distress to the patient and the surgeon. An upper limb neuropathy after a lower limb surgery is even worse and difficult to defend in medicolegal litigations as it is essentially avoidable. Radial Nerve Injury can happen due to mechanical compression between hard surgical table and proximal arm while the patient is in a lateral decubitus position. This report signifies the importance of patient positioning and prevention of pressure points peri operatively to reduce the risk of this mishap.
Case Report: A 68 year old female who underwent hemiarthroplasty of the left hip complained of numbness and weakness of the right hand and inability to hold objects. The procedure was done in right lateral decubitus position and it lasted for about 45 minutes. The patient and treatment team had a tough time in the initial post operative period as she was unable to feed herself, hold on to objects and walk with the support of a quadrangular walker due to the weakness of right hand. Splint, rehabilitative exercises and galvanic current stimulation were employed for her treatment.
Conclusion: Our case report stresses the importance of peri operative patient positioning and general awareness of potential complications that can happen which are preventable.
Keywords: Radial Nerve Palsy, Hemiarthroplasty, Lateral decubitus position.


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How to Cite this article: Nithin M, Shimna C S, Mani N J. Radial Nerve Palsy Following Hemiarthroplasty of Hip: A Case Report Implying the Importance of Perioperative Patient Positioning. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 29-31.

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Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 1| Anil K Bhat

Authors: Anil K Bhat [1].

[1] Department of Orthopedics, Kasturba Medical College,Manipal, India.

Address of Correspondence

Dr Anil K. Bhat

Professor and Head,

Department of Orthopedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

Email: anilkbhat@yahoo.com

Lets take JKOA Ahead Together

Dear KOA Members & Readers,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. It gives me an immense pleasure to present the first issue of KOA Journal for the year 2019. I am also happy to inform that we had published two issues in the last year (January-April & May-August) and hope to publish three issues this year which will help in scaling up our indexation capacity by next year.
I would like to thank the KOA members for their support in submitting scientific articles which helped us in publishing these issues. The Index Copernicus indexing has been maintained for our journal and future indexing including DOAJ & PubMed would soon be a reality. I request all the members submitting their scientific work to align their manuscript in the format prescribed by the journal. Peer review and copy editing process takes a lot of time and hence, the authors are requested to send the required corrections on priority which will help us speed up the process of publication.
The growing insistence of publications and research by UGC, MCI and other regulatory authorities which also have become a criteria for promotion and incentives have fostered publications in predatory or fake journals. With India having 903 Universities and almost 4,000 colleges, the academic performance indicators introduced by many regularity bodies which has made research compulsory for teachers has resulted in large number of these faculty to take the easiest option which is publishing in predatory journals. India is now seen as one of the biggest global hubs for predatory publishing. This requires a word of caution to the younger generation and also for faculty and researchers to avoid publishing in such journals which ultimately leads to erosion of honesty and ethics in clinical practice. The readers should acquaint themselves about such journals and a starting point would be the Beall”s list of predatory journals and publishers (www.beallslist.weebly.com). This website shows the entire list of publishers and journals which are predatory in nature and which is updated from time to time. The efforts of Mr. Jeffrey Beall, an American library science Professor has resulted in drawing attention to the racket of such fake journals. . Our journey through the research pathway should be with utmost caution and we need to guide our students and faculty not to adopt such mal-practices in their professional life. The KOA journal is committed for its integrity and good practice. The Editorial team hopes to receive authentic scientific work for future publications from all our members and readers so as to keep the integrity of our journal at its highest level.

Thanking you all and wishing once again a very prosperous year ahead,

Dr. Anil K. Bhat

Chief Editor, Journal of KOA

How to Cite this article: Bhat AK. Lets Take JKOA Ahead Together. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 1


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Distal Radioulnar Joint injuries: Surgical anatomy, physical examination, Imaging and principles of management

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 2- 8 | Anil K Bhat, N R Fijad.

Authors: Anil K Bhat [1], N R Fijad [1].

[1] Department Of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Address of Correspondence
Dr. N R Fijad,
Department of Orthopedics,
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India
Email: drfijadnr@gmail.com


The complex anatomy of distal radioulnar can make diagnosis of this joint problems challenging. Disorders of the DRUJ are a major source of ulnar-sided wrist pain. Stabilization of this joint is provided by both intrinsic and extrinsic stabilizers and the joint capsule. Several clinical tests have been suggested to determine static or dynamic DRUJ stability. Radiologic evaluation of DRUJ instability begins with conventional radiographs .CT-scan seems to be the best additional modality to evaluate the osseous structures. MRI has proven to be more sensitive and specific for TFCC tears, potentially causing DRUJ instability, while arthroscopy is the gold standard for evaluation. Symptomatic DRUJ injuries treatment can be conservative or operative. Operative treatment consist of restoration of osseous and ligamentous anatomy. Chronic instability requires reconstruction of the stabilizing ligaments to avoid onset of arthritis. Salvage procedures in arthritis is gaining acceptance in the management of arthritis. This review covers various problems affecting the distal radioulnar joint, including fractures and dislocations, triangular fibrocartilage pathology and arthritis.

Keywords: Cadaveric and CT scan study, DRUJ instability, Sigmoid notch morphology.


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How to Cite this article: Bhat A, Fijad, NR. Distal Radioulnar Joint injuries: Surgical anatomy, physical examination, Imaging and principles of management. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 2-8.

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Functional Outcome of Intra-articular Distal Humerus Fractures in Adults Treated with Bicolumnar Plating using Pre-contoured Distal Humerus Locking Plates: A Prospective Study

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 24-28 | Vinay B Patil, Anand Garampalli, S B Kamareddy, Amar.

Authors: Vinay B Patil [1], Anand Garampalli [1], S B Kamareddy [1], Amar [1].

[1] Department of Orthopedics, Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Anand Garampalli,

Department of Orthopedics, M R Medical College, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, India.

E-mail: garampalli@gmail.com


Introduction: Distal humerus fractures in adults are relatively uncommon injuries amounting to 2–6% of all fractures and 30% of all elbow fractures. The complex shape of the elbow joint, the adjacent neurovascular structures make these fractures difficult to treat. The present study is undertaken to evaluate the functional outcome of intra-articular distal humerus fractures by open reduction and internal fixation using bicolumnar plating technique.

Materials and Methods: A total of 20 intra-articular distal humerus fractures were operated during December 2015–June 2017 were included in the study. All the patients were operated with pre-countered distal humerus locking plates in orthogonal fashion, and outcome was measured by MEPS, rate of union, rate of complications, and final range of motion. Results: In our series of 20 cases, there were 12 males and 8 females. 5 cases were due to self-fall, 14 were due to RTA, and one due to assault. Out of 20 cases, 4 (20%) were of C1 type of fractures, 14 (70%) were of C2, and 2 (10%) were of C3 type of fractures. Excellent results were seen in 12, good in 5, and fair in 3, according to MEPS. There were 2 cases of superficial infection and 2 cases of ulnar neuropathy, treated accordingly.

Conclusion: Operative treatment with stable anatomical internal fixation using anatomically pre-contoured distal humerus plates should be the line of treatment for all grades of intra-articular distal humerus fractures, as it gives best chance to achieve good elbow function.

Keywords: Intra-articular distal humerus fractures, ORIF, bicolumnar plating, MEPS.


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13. Dr. Gurjinder Singh, Dr. HS Sohal, Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Dr.Jatin Banal and Dr. Jagdish Dhake. Outcome of precontoured locking plate fixation in distal humerus fractures, International Journal of Orthopaedics Sciences 2017; 3(1): 145-148

How to Cite this article: Patil V B, Garampalli A, Kamareddy S B, Amar.Functional Outcome of Intraarticular Distal Humerus Fractures in Adults Treated with Bicolumnar Plating using Pre-contoured Distal Humerus Locking Plates: A Prospective Study. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 24-28.

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Interlaminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain Relief in Cases of Low Backache due to Disc Prolapse and Canal Stenosis

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 19-23 | Sreedhara K Doddery, Nishanth Ampar.

Authors: Sreedhara K Doddery [1], Nishanth Ampar [2].

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, Prime Medical Centre, Bur Dubai, Dubai

[2] Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal-Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Address of Correspondence
Dr.Nishanth Ampar
Department of Orthopaedics
Kasturba Medical College,Manipal-MAHE
Email: ortho.dr.nishanth@gmail.com


Introduction: Low back pain with or without radicular pain is a common problem with a significant impact on the economic and health status of patients. Various treatment modalities are in use with variable outcome. Epidural injections are one of the most commonly performed interventions to provide early pain relief for low backache with radicular pain. However, the evidence is highly variable with regard to the outcome following the interlaminar epidural steroid injections.

Aim: This study was undertaken to assess the efficacy of epidural steroid injection for providing pain relief in cases of low backache with radiculopathy, due to intervertebral disc prolapse prolapsed intervertebral disc (PID) and canal stenosis.

Methods: Among 77 patients, 69 patients completed the follow-up and were included in the final analysis (48 in PID group and 21 in canal stenosis group). Verbal numeric rating scale (VNRS) and Modified North American Spine Society (NASS) patient satisfaction scores were among the parameters used to evaluate the patients.

Results: The patients from both the groups demonstrated significant improvement in post-injection VNRS scores and showed very good satisfaction based on the NASS patient satisfaction scores, with favorable outcome in terms of pain relief.

Conclusions: Interlaminar lumbar epidural steroid injection is a useful, effective, and safe treatment modality for low back pain with radiculopathy due to lumbar intervertebral disc prolapse and/or canal stenosis.

Keywords: Epidural steroid injection, intervertebral disc prolapse, lumbar canal stenosis.


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10. Beyaz SG. Comparison of transforaminal and interlaminarepidural steroid injections for the treatment of chronic lumbar pain. Rev Bras Anestesiol 2017;67:21-7.

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How to Cite this article: Doddery SK, Ampar N. Interlaminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain Relief in Cases of Low Backache due to Disc Prolapse and Canal Stenosis. Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association.  Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 19-23.

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Quality of Life during Rehabilitation of Distal forearm Fracture: A Pilot Study

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 16-18 | Devanshu Pathak, Prahlad Kadambi, Pushpa Krishna.

Authors: Devanshu Pathak [1], Prahlad Kadambi [1], Pushpa Krishna [2].

[1] Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Attibabe Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage , Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070 India

[2] Department of Physiology, KIMS Bangalore, Attibabe Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 070

Address of Correspondence

Dr. Prahlad Kadambi
c/o  Dr. Pushpa Krishna 
Prof., Department of Physiology, 
KIMS Bangalore, Attibabe Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 070


Introduction: Rehabilitation refers to restoring health by therapy. Studies have suggested that there is deterioration of the quality of life during rehabilitation period of fractures. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life during the rehabilitation of distal forearm fracture.

Methodology: Qualeffo questionnaire was used to determine the quality of life after obtaining permission from the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Institutional Ethics committee approval was obtained. Seven patients were randomly chosen (Mean age: 32.71 ± 23 years) from the wards of the Department of Orthopaedics, KIMS Hospital, Bengaluru, during September 2016. Inclusion criteria were patients 4 weeks into rehabilitation with distal forearm fracture. The study was explained to them and written consent obtained. The Qualeffo questionnaire was administered by interview method. A Qualeffo index ≥ 2700/4800 was considered as deteriorated quality of life. Data were tabulated and statistical analysis performed using statistical software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) V18.0.

Results: Mean Qualeffo index was 3114.28 ± 800.76. Five of seven patients (71.4%) had a deteriorated quality of life with Qualeffo index ≥ 2700. Mean score of disability disturbance was 3.714 ± 0.88. Mean score of the quality of life perception is 4.571 ± 0.49. There is a positive association between age and Qualeffo score which is statistically significant (r = 0.819, P = 0.023). A negative association between affected side in distal forearm fracture and index of the quality of life perception was observed but is not statistically significant (r= -0.471, P = 0.29).

Conclusion: Quality of life is affected during the rehabilitation of distal forearm fracture. However, the results of the study have to be confirmed with a study in a larger sample size.

Keywords: Quality of life, fracture


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How to Cite this article: Pathak D, Kadambi P, Krishna P. Quality of Life during Rehabilitation of Distal forearm Fracture: A Pilot Study. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 16-18.

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Comparison of Functional and Radiological Outcome of Children Aged 5-10 years with Clubfoot Treated Previously Either by Ponseti Method or Surgical Release – A Minimum 4-year Follow-up (Case Series of 28 Children as Cross-sectional Study)

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 9-15 | M Ajith Kumar, Shah Jay Rajesh.

Authors: M Ajith Kumar [1], Shah Jay Rajesh[1].

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, Tejasvini Hospital and SSIOT, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Shah Jay Rajesh,
Tejasvini Hospital and SSIOT,
Kadri Road, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
Email: Shah.jay.003@gmail.com


Aim: This study aims to compare the functional outcome in children aged 5-10 years with clubfoot previously treated by either Ponseti or posteromedial soft tissue release (PMSTR) with minimum follow-up of 4 years following final casting.

Objectives: The objectives of this study were as follows: (1) To compare the functional outcome between the two methods, (2) to determine whether correlation exists between functional outcome and radiographic measurements of both groups, and (3) to compare results with the literature.

Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in Tejasvini Hospital and SSIOT. Medical records of clubfoot patients operated between January 2008 and December 2011 were reviewed. Communication was sent to them and scheduling of appointments for the assessment was made. 28 patients with 45 feet who met the inclusion criteria were assessed. Objective evaluation was made using standard standing AP/lateral foot radiographs and subjective evaluation was made using LaavegPonseti 100-point scoring system includes subjective and objective questionnaire and tabulated. The observation was subjected to statistical analysis.

Results: (1) Of 45 foots, Laaveg-Ponseti score showed excellent in 18 feet, good in 16 feet, moderate in 4 feet, and poor in 7 feet, (2) patient managed with Ponseti has higher excellent/good outcome as compared to PMSTR (90.5% and 62.5%, respectively) but not to the point of statistically significant with P = 0.152, (3) lower talo-1st metatarsal lateral (TMT-LT) (P = 0.004), lower TMT anteroposterior (AP) (P = 0.001), lower calcaneum-5th metatarsal AP (P = 0.005), and high talocalcaneal angle in lateral (P = 0.015) angles are correlated with excellent/good functional outcome with statistically significant P < 0.05, and (4) there were no other significant correlations between the functional and radiographic outcomes.

Conclusion: (1) Our study supports the routine use of radiography during follow-up and using wide range of parameters instead of anyone radiologic parameter, (2) serial manipulation and casting are the preferred initial treatment of choice for idiopathic clubfeet, and soft tissue release is reserved for clubfeet that cannot be completely corrected as it will lead to stiff painful foot and low functional outcome. A strict brace compliance remains the major challenge of the Ponseti method.

Key words: Forefoot adduction on weight-bearing, Calcaneal varus on weight-bearing, Anteroposterior, Lateral, Left, Right, Female, Male, Talus-1st metatarsal angle (LATERAL), 1st–-5th metatarsal angle (LATERAL), Talus-1st metatarsal angle (anteroposterior), Calcaneus-5th metatarsal angle (anteroposterior), Talocalcaneal angle (anteroposterior), Talocalcaneal angle (LATERAL), Congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot).


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How to Cite this article: Ajith M, Shah J R. Comparison of Functional and Radiological Outcome of Children Aged 5-10 years with Clubfoot Treated Previously Either by Ponseti Method or Surgical Release – A Minimum 4-year Follow-up (Case Series of 28 Children as Cross-sectional Study). . J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 9-15.

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Superolateral Anterior Hip Dislocation with Acetabular Fracture: Report of Three Cases and Review of Literature

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 39-41 | Sandeep Vijayan, Monish Malhotra, Monappa V Naik, Sharath K Rao

Authors: Sandeep Vijayan [1], Monish Malhotra [2], Monappa V Naik [1], Sharath K Rao [1].

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba medical college, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India,
[2] Department of Orthopaedics, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma PGIMS Rohtak, Haryana, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Monish Malhotra,
Department of Orthopaedics, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma PGIMS Rohtak, Haryana – 124001, India.
Email: Drmonish.malhotra14@gmail.com


Anterior hip dislocation is less common than posterior and is classified as obturator (perineal), pubic, or iliac type. Type of dislocation is influenced by the position of lower limb at the time of injury and forces involved. Superolateral (iliac) type of anterior dislocation is extremely rare and often mistaken for posterior dislocation. Techniques for reducing an anterior dislocation vary with the type. Even though, in general, anterior dislocations have favorable outcome, the presence of associated acetabular injuries and timing of reduction after the injury can influence long-term outcome. Prompt and gentle maneuvers and avoiding repeated attempts at closed reduction further help to improve the prognosis.
Keywords: Hip, Dislocation, Anterior, Superior, Iliac, Acetabulum.


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How to Cite this article: Vijayan S, Malhotra M, Naik M V, Rao S K. Superolateral Anterior Hip Dislocation with Acetabular Fracture: Report of Three Cases and Review of Literature. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 39-41.

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Albers-Schönberg Disease (Marble Bone Disease) – A Clinical Case Repor

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 34-38 | Owais Ahmed, Mallangouda S Patil

Authors: Owais Ahmed [1], Mallangouda S Patil [1].

[1] Department of Orthopaedics Al-ameen Medical College and Hospital Athani Road, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Mallangouda S Patil,
Department of Orthopaedics Al-ameen Medical College and Hospital Athani Road,
Vijayapura – 586108, Karnataka, India.
E-mail: mallangoudapatil721@yahoo.com


Background: Albers-Schönberg disease (marble bone disease) is an adult autosomal dominant Type II osteopetrosis, caused by severe impairment of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption due to a mutation in CLCN-7 gene on chromosome 16q13.3; it is diagnosed incidentally based on the presence of a pathological fracture, which usually involves proximal femur and hip. A case of 21 years’ female patient who was brought to casualty with a subtrochanteric fracture of the left femur after a trivial trauma. History of fracture shaft of the right femur 7 years back diagnosed as pathological fracture due to osteopetrosis and treated surgically with plate and screws. In this case, open reduction internal fixation using dynamic hip screw (without autologous bone graft) was preferred over nonoperative modality for accurate reduction, stable fixation, early mobilization, fewer complications, and better functional outcome. Surgical treatment of fracture in these cases is a challenge to an orthopedic surgeon due to intraoperative difficulties and post-operative complications. Even though with intraoperative difficulties, operative modalities should be considered for a better outcome which requires proper pre-operative planning, with meticulous intraoperative skills and planned post-operative care.
Keywords: Osteopetrosis, Pathological fracture, Rugger-Jersey Spine, Dynamic hip screw, Femur.


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How to Cite this article: Ahmed O, Patil M S. Albers-Schönberg Disease (Marble Bone Disease) – A Clinical Case Repor. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 34-38.

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Epidermoid Cyst in Tendon Achilles Following Percutaneous Tenotomy in Congenital Talipes Equinovarus: A Case Report

Volume 7 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | Page: 32-33| Mohamed Faheem Kotekar, Muthur Ajith Kumar, Shah Jay Rajesh

Authors: Mohamed Faheem Kotekar [1], Muthur Ajith Kumar [1], Shah Jay Rajesh  [1].

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, Tejasvini Hospital, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Shah Jay Rajesh,
Tejasvini Hospital, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
Email: shah.jay.003@gmail.com


An unusual case of implantation dermoid cyst of the tendoachilles which was symptomatic . This report discusses the possibility of such implantation dermoid cysts after percutaneous procedures such as the percutaneous tendon Achilles tenotomy for congenital talipes equinovarus.
Keywords : CTEV, Epidermoid cyst


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How to Cite this article: Kotekar M F, Kumar M A, Shah J R. Epidermoid Cyst in Tendon Achilles Following Percutaneous Tenotomy in Congenital Talipes Equinovarus: A Case Report. J Kar Orth Assoc. Jan-April 2019; 7(1): 32-33.

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