Statement of Informed Consent
The authors of the articles will respect the patients’ right to privacy. Any identifying information – such as names, initials etc. – should not be published in written material or photographs unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (parent/guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. However, identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential.
Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.
If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note