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1M Easy-Bake Ovens recalled for burns, amputation dangers   -  Jul 19, 2007
Hasbro has issued a voluntary recall of about one million Easy-Bake Ovens because the toys pose an amputation and burn danger to children, the US Consumer ...

Strollers Recalled for Fingertip Amputation Hazard   -  Nov 9, 2009
By NATASHA T. METZLER AP Writer. AP. About a million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies "R" Us were recalled Monday, after 12 reports of children ... ABC News

Lanzinger stable after leg amputation   -  Mar 4, 2008
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian skier Matthias Lanzinger was in a stable condition on Tuesday after undergoing an emergency amputation of his lower left leg. ... Reuters Canada

Surgeon performs amputation via SMS   -  Dec 4, 2008
A British surgeon volunteering in the Democratic Republic of Congo used text message instructions to perform a life-saving arm amputation, he says. ... Sydney Morning Herald

Dog owner did DIY amputation   -  Sep 9, 2005
A man has been banned from owning a dog for 10 years after he sawed off his pet's leg to avoid vet fees. Merthyr magistrates head how Griffith Prosser, ... BBC News

Study: Diabetes drug lowers amputation risk   -  May 22, 2009
AP foreign, Friday May 22 2009. AP Medical Writer= LONDON (AP) �? Doctors who gave diabetics a drug originally intended to lower patients' cholesterol ... The Guardian

Study: Anti-Clotting Drug Reduces Amputation For Frostbite   -  Jun 20, 2007
AP. SALT LAKE CITY — An anti-clotting drug used to treat strokes and heart attacks can also restore blood flow to frostbitten fingers and limbs, ... FOXNews

Kentucky man sues over penis amputation   -  Sep 26, 2008
AP. LOUISVILLE, Ky.–A Kentucky doctor is being sued over the amputation of a patient's penis, a procedure the doctor contends was ``medically necessary" and ... Toronto Star

Taller Diabetics at Greater Risk for Amputation   -  Jan 31, 2006
By Michael Smith,. TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 31 - Taller diabetic patients are more likely to require a lower-limb amputation, a researcher here says. ... CNN

For thousands, Haiti healing pivots on an amputation   -  Jan 18, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Jacques Lorblanches has lost count of the number of amputations he has performed in the past 48 hours in Haiti, but he will never ... Yahoo! News

Strollers Recalled in US on Finger Amputation Risk   -  Jan 20, 2010
By Joe Richter. Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is recalling 1.5 million strollers after reports of children's fingertips getting caught in ... BusinessWeek

Drug May Lessen Amputation Risk for Diabetics   -  May 21, 2009
THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- The chances of having to have a limb amputated because of diabetes were reduced by 36 percent when people with type 2 ... Forbes

Border Diabetics Face Higher Amputation   -  Dec 5, 2006
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, AP Writer. EL PASO, Texas — Nearly every day, Dr. Lawrence Harkless sees a waiting room full of diabetic patients with foot sores, ... FOXNews

For thousands, Haiti healing pivots on an amputation   -  Jan 19, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE - Jacques Lorblanches has lost count of the number of amputations he has performed in the past 48 hours in Haiti, but he will never forget ... AsiaOne

Drain man amputation 'impossible'   -  Dec 10, 2007
A doctor has told an inquest it was "impossible" to amputate the leg of a man who eventually died after becoming stuck in neck-high water in a drain. ... BBC News

Amputation nexus: Cops to study TV footage   -  Jul 30, 2006
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Sunday said that any case against PK Bansal, one of the three doctors who allegedly chopped off beggars' limbs for a price, ... Times of India

Amputation follows frostbite   -  Jan 11, 2005
A migrant worker who had been sleeping rough in Coleraine, County Londonderry, has had both legs amputated after suffering from frostbite. ... BBC News

OAP wins pay-out on leg amputation   -  Oct 11, 2009
A pensioner who unnecessarily had her leg amputated after she was wrongly diagnosed with cancer has won a six-figure payout from the hospital trust ... The Guardian

George, 7-7, out amid reports of foot amputation   -  Oct 19, 2008
ASHEVILLE, NC — UNC Asheville's Kenny George, at 7-foot-7 the nation's tallest college basketball player, will not play this year amid reports part of his ... FOXNews

Surgeon under investigation over amputation case   -  Jan 29, 2010
A surgeon is being investigated over concerns about his treatment of patients including one who had to have a leg amputated through complications. ...

Climber who faced amputation has broken leg fused together by stem...   -  Dec 16, 2009
A man who broke his leg while rock climbing and faced amputation has had the bones fused back together again thanks to a revolutionary new stem cell ...

Michael Winner 'facing leg amputation' after holiday illness   -  Jan 17, 2007
Michael Winner may have to have his leg amputated in an attempt to save his life. Having the limb removed may be his only chance of survival after he was ... Daily Mail

Uruguayan Silva leaves intensive care after amputation   -  Sep 30, 2006
Uruguayan forward Dario Silva, who has had a leg amputate after a weekend car crash, is no longer in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Montevideo's ... 央视国际

Bert Shepard; Amputation Didn't Stop MLB Pitcher   -  Jun 22, 2008
By Matt Schudel. Bert Shepard, 87, a World War II aviator who became an inspirational figure to the country when he recovered from the partial amputation of ... Washington Post

Teenage Somali thieves face double amputation   -  Jun 23, 2009
HARDLINE Islamists have sentenced four teenagers to a double amputation as punishment for robbery in the Somalia capital Mogadishu. ... Scotsman

OSHA fines company in amputation accident   -  May 20, 2005
A St. Charles casting company was fined $78000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for having unguarded machinery after an employee's hand ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Courage award for amputation girl   -  Dec 13, 2006
A five-year-old girl from Fife has received a Children of Courage award at Westminster Abbey. Paige Allan, from Kirkcaldy, contracted the rare Hib strain of ... BBC News

Ultra race winner suffers frostbite, scheduled for amputation   -  Jan 23, 2008
AP. MILWAUKEE -- Andrew Wells may pay a heavy price for his victory in last weekend's Frozen Otter Ultra Trek: two toes. The 27-year-old from Davenport, ... ESPN

Somali Islamists carry out public double amputation on 'thieves'   -  Jun 25, 2009
Hardline Somali Islamists amputated a leg and a hand from each of four alleged thieves in a public punishment held in the middle of Mogadishu. ...

Doctor upbeat on boy's outlook after amputation   -  Apr 5, 2005
PERTH - A doctor treating a Perth boy who had three limbs reattached after a basketball accident says the prospects of his living a normal life remain high ... New Zealand Herald

Iran envoy defends amputation   -  Feb 9, 2008
By Fiona Govan in Madrid. Iran's ambassador to Spain has compared chopping off the hands of thieves to a "surgeon amputating a limb to prevent the spread of ...

Evidence of 6,900-yr-old amputation forces rethink over history of...   -  Jan 25, 2010
A team of scientists has unearthed evidence of a 6900 year old amputation surgery during work on an Early Neolithic tomb discovered in France, ... Sify

Otto under medical evaluation after right leg amputation.   -  Aug 1, 2007
Jim Otto, who fought through numerous injuries during his Hall of Fame career for the Oakland Raiders, remained under medical scrutiny in a Salt Lake ... Free with registration - Sacramento Bee -

To Prevent Amputations, Doctors Call for Aggressive Care   -  Nov 7, 2006
Her doctor confirmed her worst fears: an above-the-knee amputation was the only ... Ms. Fry's story is a surprisingly common one, though amputation is often ... New York Times

Elective Amputation: Why Some People Want to Cut Off Their Limbs   -  Nov 6, 2008
For most people, the thought of doing that is unthinkable, but for some it feels absolutely normal. They suffer from a very rare condition called body ... FOXNews

Lange kept awake during amputation   -  Aug 3, 2005
David Lange's family have expressed their gratitude for the surgeons who performed unusual surgery to keep the former prime minister alive. ... TVNZ

Income, race are risk factors for leg amputation   -  Feb 1, 2007
By Megan Rauscher. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Minorities from low-income areas are at increased risk for having a leg amputated as a result of severe ... Reuters UK

Officer Eric Grimes Leaves Hospital After Leg Amputation -   -  Jul 28, 2009
Officer Eric Grimes, injured while taking a suspect into custody, refused a wheelchair when he left the hospital on Monday. By KAREN ZRAICK ... New York Times

… More Likely Than Men to Avoid Amputation After Minimally Invasive ...   -  Jan 18, 2010
Women with below-the-knee artery blockages fare better than men when treated with minimally invasive endovascular therapy. Two years after endovascular ... Yahoo! News

Adequate Foot Care, the Only Way to Prevent Amputation of Lower Limbs...   -  Mar 30, 2006
Diabetics need to be cautious about monitoring blood sugar levels, which is also known to cause damage to the blood vessels that course through the lower ... MedIndia

Huge infections lead to amputation   -  Jan 6, 2005
By Jane Perlez .The New york Times . BANDA ACEH, Indonesia In the- makeshift recovery room, Dr. Paul Shumack crouched on the floor cradling the head of ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive

Northern State's Meyer battles back from amputation, cancer   -  Oct 28, 2008
By Doug Dreyer, AP. By Steve Young, Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader. SIOUX FALLS, SD — Don Meyer, the Northern State (SD) men's basketball coach who stands on ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Amputation and diabetes: How to protect your feet   -  Oct 2, 2009
If you have diabetes, here's what you need to know about amputation — and how to avoid it. Got a question about a health story in the news or a health ... CNN

'Diabetic foot surgery can prevent amputation'   -  May 24, 2007
Bangalore, May 24 (PTI): Diabetics who often face the risk of losing their limbs could prevent it by opting for a minor surgery for correction of foot ... Hindu

Amputation Affects Sexes Differently   -  Jan 26, 2010
TUESDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women who've had limb amputations report similar levels of pain severity, but there are major gender ... BusinessWeek

IN BRIEF / WORKPLACE; EEOC Sues Denny's in Amputation Case   -  Sep 29, 2006
The federal government sued Denny's restaurants, alleging that a manager who had a leg amputated was wrongly fired because her superiors believed she posed ... Pay-Per-View - Los Angeles Times - ProQuest Archiver

World Briefing | Africa Somalia: Sentenced to Amputation   -  Jun 22, 2009
By REUTERS. The Shabab insurgents sentenced four teenagers on Monday to each have a hand and a leg amputated as punishment for robbery. ... New York Times

New treatment could save legs from amputation   -  Aug 8, 2007
Sydney - Australian researchers on Wednesday said they had developed a world-first treatment which could save hundreds of thousands of smokers and diabetics ... Independent Online

'Mirror Therapy' Appears to Reduce Post-Amputation Pain   -  Jan 28, 2010
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- A technique called mirror therapy can help reduce phantom pain in soldiers who've had limbs amputated, ... BusinessWeek

In time [Sulayani] would need a skin graft, which might be done by an American team of doctors from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, who were expected ... Pay-Per-View - South Florida Sun - Sentinel - ProQuest Archiver

Laser Prevents Diabetes Amputation   -  Feb 15, 2006
By Salynn Boyles. A laser technique that uses ultraviolet energy to restore blood flow to blocked arteries may help people with advanced diabetes avoid one ... FOXNews

Text Messages Guide Amputation In Congo   -  Dec 6, 2008 Scott Simon. The prognosis was bad for a wounded teenager in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 16-year-old, identified in press reports only as "J," ... NPR

Quebec probes amputation by firefighters   -  Sep 27, 2007
Health officials in Quebec are investigating an accident in late August in which a firefighter was forced to saw off the arm of a man caught in an ...

Protesters assail zoo; amputation revealed ; PETA lists demands as …   -  May 16, 2005
Helen Pollock of Chicago and others chant outside Lincoln Park Zoo Sunday. Nine zoo animals have died in seven months. Demonstrators call Sunday for the ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Too many diabetics headed for amputation, docs say   -  Aug 25, 2009
AP. WASHINGTON — It costs $1400 to cover the oozing sore on the diabetic's foot with a piece of artificial skin, helping it heal if patients keep pressure ...

Silva, Australia's nemesis, faces leg amputation   -  Sep 26, 2006
FORMER Uruguay striker Dario Silva — the man who destroyed Australia's World Cup dream in 2001 — was in intensive care and at risk of having his lower right ... The Age

Project tackles high amputation rates for aboriginal diabetics   -  Oct 18, 2007
Health officials are working to determine why aboriginal diabetics in Manitoba are much more likely to have a limb amputated than other people with the ...

… CYBEX Strollers; Risk of Fingertip Amputation and Laceration...   -  Jan 27, 2010
Hazard: The stroller's hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller. ... Yahoo! News

Diabetes: stress on proper foot care   -  Nov 15, 2005
It is possible to reduce amputation rates by 49 to 85 per cent through proper daily foot care regimen, including early detection and prevention and prompt ... The Hindu

Top skier stable after leg amputation   -  May 3, 2008
Austrian skier Matthias Lanzinger is in a stable condition after undergoing an emergency amputation of his lower left leg. Doctors said Lanzinger, who broke ...

FDA Requires Strong Amputation Warning on Sedative   -  Sep 16, 2009
By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Business Writer. AP. Makers of injected promethazine, a sedative also used to treat nausea and vomiting, are being required to put ... ABC News

Pak court orders amputation for mugger   -  Jan 27, 2006
PESHAWAR: A Pakistani court has ordered the amputation of a mugger's hand and leg under the country's strict Islamic laws, officials said on Friday. ... Daily News & Analysis

Amputation Frees Quake Survivor   -  Jan 15, 2010
..." News for you right now Bill Hemmer is with rescue crews who are trying to save the life of an American in a collapsed. Hotel what's happening bill." ... FOXNews

Beashel in danger of amputation   -  Apr 5, 2007
Team New Zealand crew member Adam Beashel could be in danger of losing a finger after an accident in Thursday morning's fleet races off Valencia. ... TVNZ

… complications leading to amputation - Jerusalem Post | HighBeam   -  Nov 10, 2005
Proper care for diabetics can prevent complications leading to amputation ... find Jerusalem Post articles. JUDY SIEGEL Jerusalem Post 11-10-2005 Headline: ... Pay-Per-View - Jerusalem Post - HighBeam Research South Africa: Toddler Amputation Was Unavoidable   -  Dec 11, 2009
Pretoria — An investigation on the circumstances led to the amputation of the legs of a toddler treated for burns to her hands was unavoidable. ...

Woman sues Jacksonville Naval Hospital over amputation   -  Mar 14, 2008
A Mandarin woman is suing the Jacksonville Naval Hospital for medical negligence after an alleged bungled knee surgery in 2006 led to the amputation of her ...

Carl M. Brashear; Diver Persevered After Amputation   -  Jul 27, 2006
Two years later, he was on the salvage ship USS Hoist off the southeastern coast of Spain. He was helping direct the recovery of a hydrogen bomb resting on ... Washington Post

… therapy prevents phantom limb pains in patients undergoing amputati...   -  Jan 21, 2010
In each case, amputation was necessary after extensive efforts to save the leg. Before amputation surgery, the patients performed several sessions of mirror ... Daily News & Analysis

9-year-old chooses amputation over wheelchair - TODAY People   -  Nov 21, 2007
By Mike Celizic. When 9-year-old Nick Nelson decided he was willing to give up his right leg to be able to run and play and jump off the monkey bars, ...

… a strike forward ; A very short leg once meant amputation. Now,...   -  Jan 28, 2005
...[Tony Herring]'s hospital offers patients with limb deficiencies both options, amputation or lengthening, depending on the severity of the deformity. ... Pay-Per-View - The Sun - ProQuest Archiver

British surgeon tells of how he carried out amputation via text...   -  Dec 5, 2008
By Bryony Gordon. The first thing I realised when I saw J was that he was dying. All that remained of this 16-year-old's arm was six inches of skin; ...

Baby amputation risk forces buggy recall   -  Nov 11, 2009
Maclaren has been forced to recall one million pushchairs after a dozen children had their fingers amputated in their hinges. ... UK Net Guide

Diabetic's height factors in risk of leg amputation   -  Jan 31, 2006
Taller diabetics may be at higher risk of lower-leg amputation due to peripheral nerve damage than diabetics of shorter stature, underscoring the need for ... Pay-Per-View - The Record - ProQuest Archiver

Amputation man awarded £100,000   -  Oct 24, 2007
A Borders farmer who had his leg amputated below the knee after becoming infected with MRSA has been awarded more than £100000 by a sheriff. ... BBC News

Ba .Hi I .Rikuns ..For Some, Survival Means Amputation .   -  Jan 6, 2005
People with no treatment at all arc already dead." Those at gravest risk now are people like Novi, who suffered relatively minor injuries and could have ... Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive

A New Way to Be Mad   -  Aug 20, 2008
Some wannabes, Robert Smith suggests, want amputation as a way to gain sympathy ... I had been unaware that he had actually gone ahead with an amputation. ... Atlantic Online

'Mirror Therapy' Appears to Reduce Post-Amputation Pain   -  Jan 27, 2010
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- A technique called mirror therapy can help reduce phantom pain in soldiers who've had limbs amputated, ... U.S. News & World Report

Somalia carries out amputation sentences   -  Jun 25, 2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 25 (UPI) -- Hard-line Somali Islamists carried out double amputations on four men who admitted stealing phones and guns, ...

Silva thanks Maradona for support after amputation - Global   -  Oct 4, 2006
MONTEVIDEO, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Former Uruguay striker Dario Silva expressed his gratitude on Tuesday for the support he has received since having his lower ... ESPN

Court asks Delhi hospital to explain boy's amputation   -  May 8, 2007
NEW DELHI: The shocking story of medical negligence that led to a one-year-old child having his foot amputated has moved the Delhi High Court to ask the ... Times of India

Three legs and a spare / When does amputation make sense for a dog?   -  Sep 18, 2009
When my dog Raven was diagnosed with bone cancer I had a surgeon cut off her leg. It was a decision made for therapeutic reasons: Amputation completely and ... San Francisco Chronicle

Proper care for diabetics can prevent complications leading to amputat...   -  Nov 10, 2005
Every year some 900 Israeli diabetics undergo amputation of a foot due to preventible complications, according to the Israel Diabetes Association (IDA), ... Pay-Per-View - Jerusalem Post - ProQuest Archiver

NL woman can't get treatment need to stave off leg amputation   -  Jan 12, 2010
By Moira Baird, St. John's TelegramSeptember 26, 2009. Linda Richards and her dog Starbrite. Linda Richards has been waiting and hoping for hyperbaric ...

Partial amputation of legs prompts lawsuit   -  Dec 9, 2009
BROWNSVILLE, Pa., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman who had both her legs partially amputated alleges her condition was misdiagnosed because she had been ...

Brazilian Miss World model Mariana Bridi dies after amputation   -  Jan 26, 2009
A stunning Brazilian model has died after a desperate attempt to save her life by amputating her hands and feet failed. ...

Double amputation for bridge girl   -  Jun 24, 2008
A 15-year-old girl has had both her legs amputated after they became trapped in a swing bridge she was sitting on in Greater Manchester. ... BBC News

Crespac fined for amputation accidents   -  Dec 11, 2009
Crespac Inc. was fined $266400 and cited with 34 safety and health violations by the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ...

Log splitter might have caused amputation   -  Apr 2, 2009
Brave Products Inc., of Streator, Ill., has renewed a recall of log splitters because one consumer reported a hand amputation that could have been caused by ...

Leg Curl machine recalled due to amputation hazard   -  May 22, 2009
By Tara Kimura. Health Canada is recalling Paramount Fitness PL2100 leg curl machine, which is a single station weight machine designed to exercise the ...

… : New penal code will hopefully exclude death penalty, amputation   -  Oct 17, 2009
With regard to amputation, the President said amputation as a penalty has ... “I don't think the penal code should include amputation as a penalty,�? said ... Haveeru Online

Ex-auto czar says GM needed 'amputation'   -  Oct 22, 2009
Washington -- The Obama administration's former top auto adviser, Steven Rattner, heaped more criticism on General Motors Wednesday, saying GM needed an ... Detroit News - The Detroit News

Graft surgery at CMCH helps prevent amputation   -  Dec 25, 2006
COIMBATORE: Rathinam, 43, from Kovaipudur, is happy that he could save his leg from being amputated. He had been suffering from thromo angitis obliterans, ... The Hindu

Miller undergoes a double-amputation   -  Jan 23, 2009
Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller underwent surgery Friday morning and had both lower legs amputated, starting six inches below his knees. ... $2.95 - Salt Lake Tribune, The - NewsBank

New Shins Album Could Feature Amputation, Hawaiian Folk   -  Dec 9, 2005
By James Montgomery. The Shins' James Mercer would like you to know that contrary to recent reports, he and the rest of his band have not been spending all ...

MTD Products recalls log-splitters because amputation risk   -  Dec 17, 2009
MTD Products Inc. has recalled its "Yard Machines" and "Troy-Bilt" log-splitters because of an amputation risk. The control handle on the control valve of ...

Surgeon carries out amputation by text   -  Apr 28, 2009
A British surgeon volunteering in the Democratic Republic of Congo saved the life of a teenage boy by amputating his shoulder using instructions texted by a ... The Guardian

Amputation won't stop miracle runner - Health stories-   -  Feb 8, 2009
By Josh Mankiewicz. Tom White: There's an internal feeling that I get when I run... and it's something that's hard to explain. Maybe it's the same feeling ...

Her argument for amputation   -  Jun 16, 2008
SOMERVILLE - Here is Bonnie Denis: pierced and tattooed and dreadlocked, balancing on a pair of custom-painted, raspberry-pink crutches. ... Boston Globe

Canadian soldier first amputee at Afghan mission   -  Jan 11, 2010
..."The amputation became my life. I made a choice: the amputation wasn't going to be me." From that moment on, he threw himself into the pain, ... Toronto Star

Background information on Amputation [When available]

Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. As a surgical measure, it is used to control pain or a disease process in the affected limb, such as malignancy or gangrene. In some cases, it is carried out on individuals as a preventative surgery for such problems.

Types of amputation include:
  • leg
    • amputation of digits
    • partial foot amputation
    • ankle disarticulation (Syme)
    • below-knee amputation (transtibial)
    • knee-bearing amputation
    • above knee amputation (transfemoral)
    • hip disarticulation
    • hemipelvectomy
  • arm
    • amputation of digits
    • metacarpal amputation
    • wrist disarticulation
    • forearm amputation (transradial)
    • elbow disarticulation
    • above-elbow amputation (transhumeral)
    • shoulder disarticulation and forequarter amputation
Hemicorporectomy is the most radical amputation. Genital modification and mutilation often involves amputating tissue, although it is usually not a result of injury or disease.

As a rule, partial amputations are preferred to preserve joint function, but in oncological surgery, disarticulation is favored.


The first step is ligating the supplying artery and vein, to prevent hemorrhage. The muscles are transsected, and finally the bone is sawed through with an oscillating saw. Skin and muscle flaps are then transposed over the stump, occasionally with the insertion of elements to attach a prosthesis. In a disarticulation amputation, the bone is removed at the joint.


Some amputees experience the phenomenon of phantom limbs; they feel body parts that are no longer there. These limbs can itch, ache, and feel as if they are moving. Some scientists believe it has to do with a kind of neural map that the brain has of the body, which sends information to the rest of the brain about limbs regardless of their existence.

In many cases, the phantom limb aids in adaptation to a prosthesis, as it permits the person to experience proprioception of the prosthetic limb.

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