[Skip to Navigation]
[Skip to Navigation Landing]
December 1993

Is Informed Consent Needed for Fluorescein Angiography?-Reply

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles, Calif
Baltimore, Md

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(12):1604. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090120018007

In reply  We would like to thank Menikoff for his letter. We agree that informed consent is a basic principle, and in the ideal world it would be obtained for all medical tests, procedures, and services. While we are not sure of Menikoff's experiences, we can only note that we have been asked on numerous occasions during the past few years whether informed consent is needed for fluorescein angiography. As we noted in our article,1 and as Menikoff points out, there are indeed two separate issues: first, the extent of the discussion with the patient and second, the documentation of such a discussion. From a practical standpoint, we are baffled as to how Menikoff could draw the conclusion that our article suggests that informed consent is "... just a question of deciding when to get a patient's signature on a form."Even more important, we would all be remiss not