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Get frequent headaches, sometimes constant for weeks. Had current headache month. Anxious. 22 yr old male very scared brain tumor. Ct year &1/2 ago was clear. Back of head, temples, gbm? What do I do

Get frequent headaches, sometimes constant for weeks. Had current headache month. Anxious. 22 yr old male very scared brain tumor. Ct year &1/2 ago was clear. Back of head, temples, gbm? What do I do

See neurologist: If the scan was negative the likelihood of a tumor is really decreased. Still need to rule out other problems that may cause persistent headaches so a neurology consult is the best route to go. ...Read more

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Do I pass Redmond test? I sway, but not enough to take a step. I feel myself swaying. Normal MRI 6 months ago. Scared of brain tumor. 27/F.

Do I pass Redmond test? I sway, but not enough to take a step. I feel myself swaying. Normal MRI 6 months ago. Scared of brain tumor. 27/F.

Romberg Test?: I'm not familiar with a Redmond test, but from your description I believe you mean Romberg. Yes, a little swaying is ok. Why are you scared of a brain tumor even after having a normal MRI so recently? ...Read more

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Why does anxiety make you feel like one symptom of being sick is cancer? My gf is nausea and scared of brain tumor. She googled.

Why does anxiety make you feel like one symptom of being sick is cancer? My gf is nausea and scared of brain tumor. She googled.

Automatic thoughts: Our thoughts are very automatic and our mind is looking for answers. If she interprets her nausea as something to be afraid of, her mind will suggest possibilities and could include cancer. The key is to not always believe the first interpretation of a situation. She may benefit from going to a doctor and also a therapist. ...Read more

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Mild pain around right side of head/face that lasts 1-3 seconds. Happens every day (3 weeks now). Going to neurologist, but scared it's brain tumor!

Mild pain around right side of head/face that lasts 1-3 seconds. Happens every day (3 weeks now). Going to neurologist, but scared it's brain tumor!

Hard to say: Its hard to determine if this is a brain tumor. You are doing the right thing to work with the neurologist. You describe pain that is fleeting and episodic. You describe symptoms that may be trigeminal neuralgia, again depending on the location of the pain. The causes of trigeminal neuralgia include aberrant vessels, multiple schlerosis, tumor. Work with your neurologist and carefully describe pain. ...Read more

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When I test my patellar reflexes, left leg is not quite as brisk as the right. Not huge difference though. I am right dominant. Scared of brain tumor?

When I test my patellar reflexes, left leg is not quite as brisk as the right. Not huge difference though. I am right dominant. Scared of brain tumor?

Reflexes: Wow. That is a big leap of a diagnosis. Reflex changes usually come from either pinched nerves or just a variation of normal. If concerned, check with your pcp for exam. ...Read more

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I started Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg 7 days ago. The last few days I've been really forgetful. Could the Prozac (fluoxetine) cause this? Scared of brain tumor. MRI 6 months ago.

I started Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg 7 days ago. The last few days I've been really forgetful. Could the Prozac (fluoxetine) cause this? Scared of brain tumor. MRI 6 months ago.

Contact doctor: You should contact the doctor who prescribed the medication. It has many side effects and your doctor needs to discuss the risk/benefit ratio with you. Are taking both prozac (fluoxetine) and amytriptiline? Do tell your doctor. You may consult this site for more information on this drug.

http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-6997/prozac (fluoxetine)-oral/details#side-effects ...Read more

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Persistent headaches that last for a month everyday. CT scan 2 years ago, do I need to do again, im so scared of brain tumor..

Persistent headaches that last for a month everyday. CT scan 2 years ago, do I need to do again, im so scared of brain tumor..

Headache: Prompting a work up with CT scan 2 years ago that has returned again after a period of time is not likely due to a brain tumor in anyone yet alone a 25 year old. I would however do a scan if you were planning to have a spinal tap done to check for raised intracranial pressure due to pseudotumor cerebri. (Not uncommon in a 25 year old female) Check your iron, Vitamin A level and see a neurologist ...Read more

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33 weeks preg. Been having auras without headache. Lasts 15 or 20 mins. No other symptoms, should I worry these are seizures? Scared of brain tumor.

33 weeks preg. Been having auras without headache. Lasts 15 or 20 mins. No other symptoms, should I worry these are seizures? Scared of brain tumor.

Unlikely: Primary brain tumor in 26yo is rare and other causes should be considered especially in a young pregnant woman. Please discuss with your OB for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Causes of headache and light headedness weird feeling for two days? I'm scared of brain tumor. I had a clear MRI and CT four months ago though am I ok

Causes of headache and light headedness weird feeling for two days? I'm scared of brain tumor. I had a clear MRI and CT four months ago though am I ok

Sudafed: Headache lightheaded and weird felling in your head and you take sudafed? It could be from sinusitis or the sudafed itself. Other possibilities include hypoglycemia, elevated BP or even low BP. It's unlikely with a negative CT or MRI four months ago you would have developed a brain mass of sufficient size to cause these symptoms (unless you hit your head hard enough to cause a slow bleed.). ...Read more

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Born with a lazy eye 25yr old I have noticed my lazy eye returned over last week I have anxiety could this be the cause? Scared of brain tumor?

Born with a lazy eye 25yr old I have noticed my lazy eye returned over last week I have anxiety could this be the cause? Scared of brain tumor?

Amblyopia or "lazy: Eye" is vision loss, usually in one eye, that occurs in infancy & early childhood when the brain " turns off" signals from an eye that, for 1 or more reasons, has sent blurry signals to the brain over time. If not corrected, a "lazy eye" develops some degree of permanent vision loss. Worsening vision needs evaluation by an MD who specializes in vision & eye problems, an ophthalmologist, ...Read more

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Scared of brain tumor-sense being on Antidepresants & quiting them- have had random muscle twitches & extreme fatigue-ct was clear- should I b worried?

Scared of brain tumor-sense being on Antidepresants & quiting them- have had random muscle twitches & extreme fatigue-ct was clear- should I b worried?

SSRI Withdrawal: Some patients have severe withdrawal symptoms on stopping the newer antidepressants like SSRI's. If your medication was stopped all at once, instead of slowly tapered, this is more likely. The symptoms will stop as soon as you restart the antidepressant. Tapering the dose slowly is a bit less likely to cause withdrawal. If still having withdrawal symptoms ask your physician to switch to Prozac (fluoxetine) ...Read more

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Have pressure in head /comes and goes with fluctuating headache. Doc ran blood tests/pending. I'm scared of brain tumor/clot. No other sx. Thoughts?

Have pressure in head /comes and goes with fluctuating headache. Doc ran blood tests/pending. I'm scared of brain tumor/clot. No other sx. Thoughts?

Need MRI: I would advise getting an MRI of your brain. And tell those results come back you will not know what you have exactly. If your symptoms persist you should see your primary healthcare provider about additional testing and follow up. ...Read more

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Dizzyspells, nausea for no reason, weird feeling in head, muscle spasms, headaches 24 yr old male, scared of brain tumor. What could it be? HeLP

Dizzyspells, nausea for no reason, weird feeling in head, muscle spasms, headaches 24 yr old male, scared of brain tumor. What could it be? HeLP

If U R really afraid: Of a brain tumor & it makes U not function as U normally do, make an appointment 2 C a neurologist. A CT or MRI will put Ur mind @ ease. ...Read more

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Having pressure headaches and dizziness. Occasional clogged nostril either one side or the other. I'm a hypochondriac so scared of brain tumor.

Having pressure headaches and dizziness. Occasional clogged nostril either one side or the other. I'm a hypochondriac so scared of brain tumor.

Could be many things: That could actually be a migraine prodrome. Alternatively, viral infections (flu, stomach cold, etc) can lead to aseptic meningitis - not life threatening, but painful headache +/- dizziness. Lastly, tension-type headaches often present that way. See your neurologist to make sure it isn't anything serious, and then get it taken care of. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had normal MRI 3 years ago, but have had headache for 2 weeks with ears ringing, off balance and nausea. Scared of brain tumor or aneurysm. Could it b?

Had normal MRI 3 years ago, but have had headache for 2 weeks with ears ringing, off balance and nausea. Scared of brain tumor or aneurysm. Could it b?

Tinnitus/ off balanc: More likely labyrinthitis
http://www. Webmd. Com/brain/tc/labyrinthitis-topic-overview#2

Would follow up with ENT for treatment possible antibiotic or antivirals (zoster or herpes) could be lyme as well so check. Check for sinusitis, TMJ, allergies, thyrodi function, diabetes, ESR, ANA, CRP for autoimmune process. Brain tumor / aneurysm is less, less likely f/u /with ENT ...Read more

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Dizzy, nausea for no reason, weird feeling in head, muscle spasm. Headache 24 yr old male, scared of brain tumor. What couldit be? Will consult need feedback

Dizzy, nausea for no reason, weird feeling in head, muscle spasm. Headache 24 yr old male, scared of brain tumor. What couldit be? Will consult need feedback

See your doctor: Brain tumors are quite rare, and a number of other causes could be the answer to your symptoms. You could have your local doctor assess, or perhaps, we could guide you via Concierge visit. ...Read more

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Pressure in forehead when standing and bending. Wobbly. Post nasal drip making my stomach off. Ct scan soon scared it's brain tumor. Ease my mind plz?

Pressure in forehead when standing and bending. Wobbly. Post nasal drip making my stomach off. Ct scan soon scared it's brain tumor. Ease my mind plz?

Headache: Relax, the statistical odds are in your favor. The most likely cause of your symptoms is chronic sinusitis. Btw: the ct scan is also the best way to evaluate chronic sinusitis also. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

What to do if I have headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

Headache evaluation: Most importantly: if the headache came on suddenly, all at once, or is the worst headache of your life, go to the nearest er or call 911 right now. This type of headache needs immediate evaluation. If you are in severe pain, or having nausea and vomiting or changes in vision, go to er. Otherwise, you can wait till tomorrow morning to call your doctor's office or urgent care. You do need to see dr. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice with headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

Can you give me advice with headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

Poss. Migraines: If your headaches are intermittent and of months or many years duration, then you probably have migraines. Facial tingling can occur in migraines. See a neurologist. Medications can control. ...Read more

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Really been thinking I had like 4 CT of the brain n 2012 n that yr at different times. Scared for a brain tumor. Will I get one?

Unlikely: CT scans provide useful information and generally necessary for diagnosis. The radiation exposure from 4 CTs, per se, will not cause brain cancer. ...Read more

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Noticed that I have been mixing words lately (saying the wrong ones or mispronouncing) and now left foot is tingling. Scared of stroke/brain tumor??

Noticed that I have been mixing words lately (saying the wrong ones or mispronouncing) and now left foot is tingling. Scared of stroke/brain tumor??

Wrong foot: Unless you've some clear & present risk factors as a 26 yo person such as a medical condition causing hypercoagulability, cardiac defect such as patent foramen ovale, Factor V Leyden deficiency, sickle cell anemia, or some other rare problem then, the risk of your symptoms reflecting stroke is minuscule. Still, if this is new for you then, an exam by your physician is advisable. ...Read more

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Bilateral sphenoid sinus, medicines used are clavam, xyzal-m, velgut and a nasal spray. Have head heavyness whole day. I'm scared is it brain tumor!

Bilateral sphenoid sinus, medicines used are clavam, xyzal-m, velgut and a nasal spray. Have head heavyness whole day. I'm scared is it brain tumor!

Starship Sinus: Those drugs sound like the cast from "Forbidden Planet! " or "Star Trek."When pressure builds up in your sinuses it feels like you have a brain tumor infiltrating your cranium ready to burst out, like "Alien, "any minute. And if it's that bad, so bad you're worried about something serious, then see your doctor for another exam and maybe some tests. In the meantime, stay on your meds, especially the spray ...Read more

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Burning nostrils, eyes, throat like I've been around 2nd hand smoke, but I haven't. Started Zoloft (sertraline) and burning started. Scared it's a brain tumor?

Burning nostrils, eyes, throat like I've been around 2nd hand smoke, but I haven't. Started Zoloft (sertraline) and burning started. Scared it's a brain tumor?

Burning nostrils: Is likely just that. Please see your doc but brain tumor is way down on the list of possibilities. Are you being treated for your anxiety disorder, not only medication, but therapy? Peace and good health. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm scared I have a brain tumor can't even sleep! Help.?

See dr for exam: First of all certain symptoms usually accompany brain tumor. Most common are nausea, Most common symptoms of brain tumors headaches (usually worse in the morning), nausea and vomiting, changes in speech, vision, or hearing, problems balancing or walking
changes in mood, personality, or ability to concentrate,
problems with memory, muscle jerking or twitching (seizures or convulsions)See DR. MR imaging ...Read more

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I'm scared I have a brain tumor or brain is bleeding, what are the for sure signs of this?

I'm scared I have a brain tumor or brain is bleeding, what are the for sure signs of this?

Brain tumor: A bleed in the brain is usually manifested with the onset of a severe sudden headache, often described as the "worst headache of my life". A tumor can be more subtle with initially headaches, memory confusion, sometimes speech problems and walking difficulties. ...Read more

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23yo female so scared I have a brain tumor just have a feeling of pressure at the top and side of my head. Doesn't get any worse no other symptoms?

23yo female so scared I have a brain tumor just have a feeling of pressure at the top and side of my head. Doesn't get any worse no other symptoms?

Relax, see dr.: Brain tumors in your age group are not common. If the headache goes away with paracetamol and there are no neural symptoms like confusion, weakness, numbness, double vision, the headache is worse in the afternoon, and no nausea and vomiting, you can relax. Make an appointment with your doctor for a neurological exam and ask if you may need other tests done. Sometimes sertralene can cause headaches. ...Read more

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I feel slight pain on the top of my head when im sleeping and when I wake up I have a slight headache in the back of my head and no pain on the top anymore and this has happened today and a couple of days ago so im very scared if its a brain tumor?

I feel slight pain on the top of my head when im sleeping and when I wake up I have a slight headache in the back of my head and no pain on the top anymore and this has happened today and a couple of days ago so im very scared if its a brain tumor?

Relax, not tumor!: Headaches are very common, most often due to stress. Brain tumors are uncommon. The pain on the top of your head is not a symptom of a brain tumor. Perhaps it's related to the position of your head and neck when sleeping. Don't sleep with your head elevated on more than one pillow. Likely your symptoms are temporary.
If your headaches persist or increase (unlikely)see your Dr. For a proper diagnosis ...Read more

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I have muscle spasms, non painful though annoying, throughout my whole body. I am scared I have a brain tumor. Could this be from anxiety?

I have muscle spasms, non painful though annoying, throughout my whole body. I am scared I have a brain tumor. Could this be from anxiety?

Probably not: Muscle spasms are very common. Be seen for an exam, but remember that tumors cause neurologic deficits, not pain or spasms. ...Read more

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Disequilibrium x1 week - only sometimes when walking. Feel off balance. Normal MRI of brain 6 months ago. So scared this is a brain tumor? 27/F.

Disequilibrium x1 week - only sometimes when walking. Feel off balance. Normal MRI of brain 6 months ago. So scared this is a brain tumor? 27/F.

Consider other cause: Since you had an MRI of the brain 6 months ago, and it was normal, you should not think of brain tumor as the cause here. Other causes are more likely and more common. These could be medicine side effects, changes in the sensation of the feet, changes in the inner ear sensation of movement, or changes with your strength.

Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I've had individual muscle spasms constantly throughout my body. I am very scared it is a brain tumor. Could this be anxiety? My blood work was good.

I've had individual muscle spasms constantly throughout my body. I am very scared it is a brain tumor. Could this be anxiety? My blood work was good.

Maybe: Muscle spasms could be a manifestation of anxiety, but it is always prudent to have physical causes ruled out first. Anxiety would be a diagnosis of exclusion. ...Read more

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Can memory loss and difficult focusing be caused by anxiety? I'm scared I have a brain tumor, since my mom died of a glioblastoma/had memory loss.

Can memory loss and difficult focusing be caused by anxiety? I'm scared I have a brain tumor, since my mom died of a glioblastoma/had memory loss.

Try to chill: Yes, anxiety frequently causes what you describe. It is very, very unlikely that these symptoms relate to a brain tumor. Seeking someone to talk to about your anxiety, perhaps even a professional, would seem to be a worthwhile first step. ...Read more

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11 weeks postpartm, sudden dizziness the last week mild nausea. Worse when driving, feels like moving when stopped. Liklihood of brain tumor? Scared.

11 weeks postpartm, sudden dizziness the last week mild nausea. Worse when driving, feels like moving when stopped. Liklihood of brain tumor? Scared.

Sounds benign: I would seriously doubt any of your problems are caused by a brain tumor, but do wonder instead if your prescription medications are responsible. Seems you may well have inner ear vestibular dysfunction, and it might help to visit an ENT specialist to get this pinned down. ...Read more

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Headache in front/back left side of head, ear. Tiny jabs of pain (1-2). Light headed when standing. Scared I have a brain tumor. No fam history. Help!

Unlikely: Brain tumors are uncommon in people your age, and a light-headed feeling isn't typically a symptom of one. If you have serious headaches you should see your doctor, and ask for a referral to a neurologist both to evaluate your problem and to treat the headaches. ...Read more

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I don't have nose stuffiness but frontal sinus is tender and I've been feeling a bit dizzy and heavy headed lately - related? Brain tumor? Scared

I don't have nose stuffiness but frontal sinus is tender and I've been feeling a bit dizzy and heavy headed lately - related? Brain tumor? Scared

Probably not: Your symptoms are probably related to the sinus issues that you discuss. Brain tumors in most cases tend to present with focal neurologic symtpoms (weakness or numbness) or seizures. If it does not improve, check with your doctor. There may be some tests that can be done to ensure it is not a brain tumor. ...Read more

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Dizziness, nausea x3days. Just over a cold, Dr said fluid in ears, but shouldn't cause this? MRI of brain 6 months ago. Brain tumor? Scared. 27/F.

Dizziness, nausea x3days. Just over a cold, Dr said fluid in ears, but shouldn't cause this? MRI of brain 6 months ago. Brain tumor? Scared. 27/F.

No tumor: URI can produce some inflammation of inner ear. This results with fluid behind ear drum which if symptomatic should be drained. The fluid could induce pressure on semicucular canals and result in dizziness and well if pressure reaches brances of vagus n. then nausea can result. MRI of brain must have had a reason but if proved neg. The indications for scan were ruled out. ...Read more

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Have pressure headache so bad both ears hurt & woke up this morning with puffy face- as always, scared I have brain tumor? Way to self diagnose at home

Have pressure headache so bad both ears hurt & woke up this morning with puffy face- as always, scared I have brain tumor? Way to self diagnose at home

Nope: At age 24 its unlikely that you would have a brain tumor. However, Pseudo-tumor, in a 24 year old lady, is not all that uncommon. Symptoms would be worsening of headache with reclining and blurred vision. This condition occurs as a result of an imbalance between the re-absorption and production of cerebrospinal fluid. If you have these symptoms I'd consult with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dizzy spells, headaches, nausea, sleepy, eye feeling weird, im scared of a brain tumor im 24 yrold male, getting an mri tomorrow Help DOCS : (?

Dizzy spells, headaches, nausea, sleepy, eye feeling weird, im scared of a brain tumor im 24 yrold male, getting an mri tomorrow Help DOCS : (?

Please repost: Please repeat your post in 3-4 days, but on the repeat post please include the results of the MRI. This is called "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it." ...Read more

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19 m, scared I might have brain tumor. Have headaches which I never get on left temple that occasionally spreads, occasional weakness on left side of body & loss of appetite, nausea. Under ton of stress.

19 m, scared I might have brain tumor. Have headaches which I never get on left temple that occasionally spreads, occasional weakness on left side of body & loss of appetite, nausea. Under ton of stress.

See a physician: There are many possible causes of what you report. See a physician who is interested in headaches and related phenomena, who will take a careful history and a full physical exam as theri first steps. Your worries are probably contributing to your symptoms, so getting an accurate assessment and moving to a diagnosis are important for you an dwill likley reduce your stress level.. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm scared that I have a brain tumor?

What do you advise if I'm scared that I have a brain tumor?

Needless Worry: You are an adult. This will not be the first time that you have to calm your own obsessions and worries down. There is no reason to sit at home and just worry. Go do something about it. Go to the doctor. Get examined and even possible get an MRI or CT Scan. Go get the facts and data necessary to find out if your worries have any validity. Prolonging the actual visit will be wasted nerves. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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