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$149 for One Comprehensive Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment on Ten Toes at HCS Medspa ($450 Value)

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  • Expires 180 days after purchase.
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Appointment required. 24hr cancellation notice required. All services must be used by the same person.
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Questions and Answers 24 questions

Commonly Asked Questions

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Is the treatment effective in one session? If not, what is the average experience?

Tom R.  asked on  Apr 1, 2013

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Q: How many laser nail fungus treatments" might it take to eradicate my nail fungus condition? A: The number of treatments will range from up to 3 treatment sessions for milder cases, to up to 9 or more sessions for moderate to severe cases. The variables to consider for what number of laser nail fungus treatment sessions might be needed include the following: a) severity of your worst nail; b) how long have you had your nail fungus condition; c) how thick or hypertrophied have your nails gotten in response to the fungal infection; d) effectiveness of the laser and patient tolerance in achieving 118 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit on the nail surface during laser treatment; e) whether mechanical debridement and thinning of the nails be done during the laser treatment to eliminate fungus spores trapped within the nails to prevent recontamination and fungus re-growth; f)how committed will you be in performing footwear fumigation using the provided chlorine dioxide effervescent tablets, as well as washing your affected extremities with soap and water twice daily, wearing clean & dry natural fiber socks along with breathable footwear; d) whether you suffer from associate conditions such as palmar hyperhidrosis (sweaty hands and/or feet) or you also have associated fungal infection on the skin of your feet known as Athlete's foot (aka - Tinea Pedis); The laser nail fungus treatment fungus program offered at HCS MedSpa is extensive and effective for those wanting to get rid of nail fungus without the risks associated with taking oral antifungal medications such as Lamisil (Terbinafine) which have known worrisome side effects of causing chemical-induced hepatitis, loss of taste and require frequent blood work monitoring. Rarely is one treatment session effective for elimination of nail fungus. The exception would be if you have a pedicure 2 weeks ago, immediately noticed the color changes in the nail, then came to our clinic for laser treatment. I have several patients over the past several years that were effectively treated in just one laser treatment due to vigilant, early detection on their part.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 1, 2013

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Hi This offer appears to be for one treatment. Does it usually take more than one treatment ?

susan m.  asked on  Apr 1, 2013

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Yes, this offer is for the initial treatment session which is quite extensive and involves the following: 1. History & Evaluation, Nail Photos 2. Review of treatment and post care documents 3. Instruction for footwear fumigation using chlorine dioxide tablet within sealed 20-gallon zipper bag 4. Instruction for spraying bath/shower with dilute bleach solution using chemically resistant spray bottle 5. Cleansing of distal extremities and nails with hibiclens solution surgical spray 6. Mechanical debridement and nail thinning by nail technician 7. Laser treatment of nails x 3 passes for each nail up to 118-122F by laser technician 8. An Rx for compounded antifungal cream will be provided to you if you also suffer from Athlete's Foot Yes, it usually takes 3 or more treatments to eradicate nail fungus at HCS MedSpa, but it depends on a number of variables. The number of treatments will range from up to 3 treatment sessions for milder cases, to up to 9 or more sessions for moderate to severe cases. The variables to consider for what number of laser nail fungus treatment sessions might be needed include the following: a) severity of your worst nail; b) how long have you had your nail fungus condition; c) how thick or hypertrophied have your nails gotten in response to the fungal infection; d) effectiveness of the laser and patient tolerance in achieving 118 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit on the nail surface during laser treatment; e) whether mechanical debridement and thinning of the nails be done during the laser treatment to eliminate fungus spores trapped within the nails to prevent recontamination and fungus re-growth; f)how committed will you be in performing footwear fumigation using the provided chlorine dioxide effervescent tablets, as well as washing your affected extremities with soap and water twice daily, wearing clean & dry natural fiber socks along with breathable footwear; d) whether you suffer from associate conditions such as palmar hyperhidrosis (sweaty hands and/or feet) or you also have associated fungal infection on the skin of your feet known as Athlete's foot (aka - Tinea Pedis); The laser nail fungus treatment fungus program offered at HCS MedSpa is extensive and effective for those wanting to get rid of nail fungus without the risks associated with taking oral antifungal medications such as Lamisil (Terbinafine) which have known worrisome side effects of causing chemical-induced hepatitis, loss of taste and require frequent blood work monitoring

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 1, 2013

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What is "debridement"? Does this work in one treatment? Any comments by past patients?

Margrethe S.  asked on  Apr 1, 2013

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Debridement of fungal-infected nails is essential to remove spores contained within the nail itself, as well as to thin the nail so the laser energy more effectively transmits through the nail and underlying tissues. During each visit, our expert nail technicians determine whether mechanical nail debridement is necessary to facilitate eradication of fungal nails. Past patient's have expressed their amazement with the immediate cosmetic improvement in the nail appearance following mechanical debridement, as well as the speed to which the nails grow and respond to laser therapy. If you planted corn and soybean seeds beneath a 3/4" sheet of plywood, would the seedlings grow as quickly through the wooden ceiling? Of course they wouldn't. In the same manner, nails which are thinned and debrided tend to grow with normalized shape and speed once the thickened nails are debrided.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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How much are additional sessions? Are there any "quantity discounts"?

Tom R.  asked on  Apr 1, 2013

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At HCS MedSpa, we view fungal infected nails and Athlete's foot not only as cosmetic foot care conditions, but also potential PUBLIC HEALTH concerns. You'll never remove your shoes at the airport security lines again without thinking about all the fungal spores piled up on the floor waiting for a bare foot or sweaty sock to stick to and sprout into fungus! We have committed to honoring the Groupon price for those purchasing their initial treatment through Groupon if they require additional treatments. Think of Groupon as an enormous buying group, so there are already quantity discounts factored into the Groupon pricing.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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Since you say multiple, very expensive treatments may be required, is the any accompanying guarantee (money back or otherwise) that in the end the collective treatment(s) will be successful?

Fred W.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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In short, no there is not a money back guarantee. You pay as you go with each treatment discounted for Groupon participants. We believe the price of $149 for the services we provide for our comprehensive laser treatment for nail fungus is a tremendous bargain for our patients. We are confident in our established reputation at HCS MedSpa and our success in this area comes from world-class innovation and expertise from our Medical Director, board-certified cosmetic laser surgeon, Dr. Hogue.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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You indicated that you are "very proud" of your success rate. Can you please share the actual success rate statistics you have to date? e.g. number of patients treated, number fully successful, number partially successful, etc.

Fred W.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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At HCS MedSpa we have performed thousands of cosmetic foot care treatments, including medicure pedicures, mechanical debridement of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, hypertrophic nails, and laser treatment of nail fungus. While our primary emphasis is on aesthetic improvement, it has encouraged us to develop what we feel is the most effective laser-based treatment for nail fungus currently available. While we do not perform statistics on our patient outcomes, anecdotal evidence support unanimous partial success with our treatment method for nail fungus. Essentially, everyone's nails look better, get thinner, partially clear at the cuticle, and experience improvement in cosmetic appearance. Obtaining full success is everyone's ultimate goal, but achieving this in individuals with moderate-severe or long-standing nail fungus is everyone's challenge. To meet this challenge head on, we have developed a comprehensive laser nail fungus treatment method which addresses the complex variables surrounding the "difficult to eradicate" condition of onychomycosis (nail fungus). Foot & nail hygiene (washing twice daily with soap and water then drying with a hair dryer); Topical application of antifungal cream twice daily to eliminate fungal growth on the heel, plantar surface, and toes (Athlete's foot - which is usually asymptomatic and simply presents as scaly, dry, cracked skin resembling a callus); Footwear fumigation with a 4-gram chlorine dioxide tablet added to a small reservoir containing water within a zipper bag to destroy fungus and fungus spores within contaminated footwear; Mechanical debridement and thinning of nails to remove imbedded spores from nail plate and to allow for easier and quicker nail growth; Laser treatment to heat the nail plate and nail bed to 118 to 122-degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the living fungus (not the spores!); Regularly spraying the bath tub and shower with a bleach solution while it is dry to kill spores on the flooring surface and to avoid exposures for fungus reinfection during one's daily activities is also very important. Essentially, it is a war of attrition, and we are proud to have figured out how to address all aspects contributing to fungal nail infections. Achieving eradication of nail fungus is most difficult in those with sweaty palms or feet, those unable to wear natural fiber socks and footwear (cotton, wool, silk, leather), and especially those who don't take our comprehensive treatment approach as seriously as we do! I hope this answers your question to your satisfaction. I thank you for asking such an important and thoughtful question.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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I have full fungus under all 10 toes, it is very bad and I would wonder if you can do anything as what I've heard is it has to be done from the inside by taking some pills or something of which I cannot take as I only have 1 kidney. my nails are so thick that I cannot get a normal nail clipper to clip nails normally. so the question is since my nails are soooo bad will I see any benefit? Jeff Kehn

Jeff K.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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Jeff, there is no question that you will see a cosmetic improvement in your fungal infected nails after just one initial treatment at HCS MedSpa. This is due to the incredible effectiveness of the mechanical debridement performed by our expert nail technicians. We have many patients who present with toenails too thick to cut with nail clippers. When they leave following an initial treatment, the nails are thinner and look much better!

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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How much time is recommended in between treatments? Thank you!

Elisabeth G.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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For the initial 3 treatments, we usually perform nail debridement and laser treatment on a monthly basis. For the more severe cases, or for those with excessive sweating, we may recommend treatment every 2 weeks. Treatment of nail fungus is a little like dousing a fire with a bolus of water in an attempt to extinguish it, hoping to put it out before the flames flare back up. Our experience in treatment of a diversity of nail fungus severities provides us with feedback and information to help us customize and optimize treatment for our cosmetic foot care patients receiving treatment for nail fungus. As the nail fungus shows a more positive response to laser treatment, treatment intervals lengthen to every 2 or 3 months. At HCS MedSpa, we never charge for follow up evaluations, only when laser treatments are clinically indicated and provided.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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Can you please answer this with a yes or no answer. Does the $149 cover the initial treatment and ALL additional treatments/visits needed to get rid of the fungus? Thanks

Joyce G.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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No. Only the initial treatment is covered by the $149. All additional treatments require a treatment fee which is honored by HCS MedSpa at $149 for Groupon participants. Follow up appointments without a treatment are done at no charge.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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You must understand that those of us burdened with this condition (toenail fungus) are willing to try almost anything that gives us hope. But if there is really very little chance of any "cure" and this is really nothing more than an expensive pedicure, you need to be upfront and just say that. Even that would be worth something. I would think that if you had any "real" success with this laser treatment, you would take the time to collect the statistics on success rates and published them. If the rates were positive, you would have people breaking down the doors to spend much more than just the $149. Can you at least estimate that you have had any appreciable number of successful cures?

Fred W.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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Fred, I invite you to come in for an initial treatment for your nail fungus condition. The drug companies which peddle lotions and potions that do little to nothing for nail fungus rely on the desperation for a cure for which you speak of. Our comprehensive treatment program is not just an expensive pedicure, it is an innovated, tried and tested treatment program which gets real results for real folks suffering from toenail fungus. As a provider for cosmetic foot care, we are not statisticians or researchers or scientific publishers. At HCS MedSpa, we are a results-oriented practice providing effective, innovative cosmetic treatments at afforable prices. Why would we have to charge more to get the folks to believe more in our treatment program? The innovation and development of the comprehensive nail fungus treatment progrem all started for us at HCS MedSpa when Dr. Hogue's wife got toenail fungus within a month of having a pedicure in Cabo San Lucas, MX and a local well-known podiatrist quoted us over $1,000 to have a single laser nail fungus treatment. We have now forever changed this market, and we have brought more affordability and competitive pricing to the hundreds of thousands of individuals afflicted with nail fungus in the communities we serve in Minnesota. Normalization of fungal-infected nails is achievable with our treatment program, but the number of treatment sessions and final curative outcome is dependent on the severity of the patient's nail fungus and other associated conditions.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

More Questions and Answers

Q:

If we only have one foot that needs treatment, can you split up the '10 toes' into 2 sessions of 5-toes on the same foot?

Chris g.  asked on  Apr 5, 2013

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We routinely treat both feet (all 10 toes) for 3 visits at 2-week to 1-month intervals to ensure that early fungal infection (undetectable clinically at initial visit) does not exist. To make sure of this, we choose to treat all 10 toes. If only one of the two feet shows ongoing laser nail fungus infection signs/symptoms after the three initial laser treatments, we may use our own discretion to reduce the cost by 50% for the patient if only one foot is treated (5 toenails). We don't split up the initial laser nail fungus treatments into 2 sessions, unless the patient is an amputee or was born with only one foot. In that case, we would do so. Our treatment program involves laser nail fungus treatment for all 10 toenails to mitigate against self re-infection from non-treated toenails which unknowingly harbored fungus.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 5, 2013

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How do you make appointments when I don't have a telephone number? I have other questions to ask that doesn't need a doctor to answer. So what are your telephone numbers for sites

Denise A.  asked on  Apr 5, 2013

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You may click on the Groupon link to our website at www.hcsmedspa.com to find the locations and phone numbers. If you call 763-447-2500 or Toll Free 866-219-4699, then you will be able to schedule an appointment with our scheduling staff.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 5, 2013

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Is this treatment available at all locations or only certain locations?

T L.  asked on  Apr 3, 2013

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This Groupon is only valid for the locations listed.

tony R.  from  Groupon  replied on  Apr 3, 2013

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The laser treatment of nail fungus treatments are available on a limited basis at all 8 HCS MedSpa clinic locations.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 3, 2013

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Is any of the treatment painful?

Mary J.  asked on  Apr 3, 2013

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No, you should experience no discomfort during or after the treatment.

tony R.  from  Groupon  replied on  Apr 3, 2013

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Dr. H at HCS MedSpa has provided an answer to this question. The nail debridement and laser treatment portions of the treatment has the potential to get uncomfortable, but not unbearable. No anesthesia is required for any of the treatments. During the laser heating of each individual toenail or fingernail, the patient ultimately determines when the heat-induced discomfort is deemed "too hot". From our anecdotal experience, we know that surface temps as detected by a non-contact infrared temperature gun are "too hot" for just about everyone when the surface nail temperature exceeds 122F (or 50-degrees Celsius). The exception would be patients afflicted with a sensory nerve abnormality or neuropathy in their toes such as may be experienced in long-standing diabetics, for example, where they may not feel the same or any discomfort at all.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 3, 2013

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Do you guys accept health insurance? Is it a cosmetic clinic, and therefore, insurance generally wouldn't cover it? In that light, is there any reason I couldn't use my healthcare HRA or FSA to pay for subsequent treatments? Also, does the treatment work for mild to moderate fingernail fungus?

Jakana M.  asked on  Apr 3, 2013

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At HCS MedSpa we do not accept insurance of any type. Also, laser treatment of nail fungus is not a covered benefit for any insurance plan as it is considered a cosmetic treatment. However, that being said, HSAs & FSAs usually will reimburse individuals with our ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes and CPT Codes, which we will gladly provide to you. Our laser nail fungus treatment program is effective for both toenail and fingernail fungus.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 3, 2013

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I can accept that you don't have detailed statistics on your outcomes, although that would be very beneficial. However, since you have done "hundreds" of these laser treatments can you say that you have had 1, 5, 10, any successful cures?

Fred W.  asked on  Apr 3, 2013

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Fred, Most of our patients resolve their Athlete's Foot and Nail Fungus condition following our comprehensive treatment regimen with normalization of their nails to a clear, cosmetic appearance with resolution of calluses, scaly & cracked skin. Some individuals are genetically predisposed or vulnerable to fungal recurrence due to lifestyle, excessive sweating, environmental re-exposure. Unfortunately, our parents and primary care physicians teach us little to nothing about cosmetic foot care. We brush our teeth at least twice daily and floss our dentition on a regular basis, yet despite all this we are still vulnerable to dental decay, cracked teeth, gum disease, et cetera. There is enough ignorance to go around on the subject of cosmetic foot care for the medical field and the lay public that it is no wonder there is an epidemic of Athlete's Foot and Nail Fungus. Did you ever wonder why we are forced to remove our footwear at the airports in the name of public safety, yet millions of well-intentioned air travelers are being exposed to sloughed skin from the soles of fungal-infected individuals which unknowingly propagate the public health problem of community-acquired Athlete's Foot and Toenail Fungus.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 3, 2013

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You must understand that those of us burdened with this condition (toenail fungus) are willing to try almost anything that gives us hope. But if there is really very little chance of any "cure" and this is really nothing more than an expensive pedicure, you need to be upfront and just say that. Even that would be worth something. I would think that if you had any "real" success with this laser treatment, you would take the time to collect the statistics on success rates and published them. If the rates were positive, you would have people breaking down the doors to spend much more than just the $149. Can you at least estimate that you have had any appreciable number of successful cures?

Fred W.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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Fred, I invite you to come in for an initial treatment for your nail fungus condition. The drug companies which peddle lotions and potions that do little to nothing for nail fungus rely on the desperation for a cure for which you speak of. Our comprehensive treatment program is not just an expensive pedicure, it is an innovated, tried and tested treatment program which gets real results for real folks suffering from toenail fungus. As a provider for cosmetic foot care, we are not statisticians or researchers or scientific publishers. At HCS MedSpa, we are a results-oriented practice providing effective, innovative cosmetic treatments at afforable prices. Why would we have to charge more to get the folks to believe more in our treatment program? The innovation and development of the comprehensive nail fungus treatment progrem all started for us at HCS MedSpa when Dr. Hogue's wife got toenail fungus within a month of having a pedicure in Cabo San Lucas, MX and a local well-known podiatrist quoted us over $1,000 to have a single laser nail fungus treatment. We have now forever changed this market, and we have brought more affordability and competitive pricing to the hundreds of thousands of individuals afflicted with nail fungus in the communities we serve in Minnesota. Normalization of fungal-infected nails is achievable with our treatment program, but the number of treatment sessions and final curative outcome is dependent on the severity of the patient's nail fungus and other associated conditions.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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so if I'm reading this right, if it were to take up to 9 sessions for my severe case of nail fungus, that the $149 groupon is for 1st session and would pay addition $$ for subsequent sessions. so even if that same price were for each session thats well over $1000. please advise. jk8ball@gmail.com Jeff Kehn

Jeff K.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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Yes, that is correct. Patient's pay for laser treatments, not for a guarantee or a cure of their nail fungus.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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Can you please answer this with a yes or no answer. Does the $149 cover the initial treatment and ALL additional treatments/visits needed to get rid of the fungus? Thanks

Joyce G.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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No. Only the initial treatment is covered by the $149. All additional treatments require a treatment fee which is honored by HCS MedSpa at $149 for Groupon participants. Follow up appointments without a treatment are done at no charge.

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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What other expenses are involved? What is recommended for daily care after? My Aunt had this done and said there are other costs associated. Thank you. Heather S.

heather S.  asked on  Apr 2, 2013

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Other associated costs include a 90-gram tube of compounded antifungal cream (about $65 for pickup at pharmacy; $70 if mailed to recipient)

Dr. H.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 2, 2013

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