Policy on including identifiable descriptions or photographs of patients

Written informed consent must be obtained from any patients [or their guardians] for publication of data where the identity of the patient may be discovered. This particularly affects case reports and images. This is compulsory. A statement must confirm that the patient [or their guardian] has given informed consent for the material to be published. Case reports without appropriate consent will be rejected before peer review.

If the person described has died, then consent for publication must be sought from their next of kin. If the individual described in the case report is a child or is unable to provide consent, then consent must be obtained from their parents or legal guardians. In these cases, the statement in the ‘Consent’ section of the manuscript should be amended accordingly.