Disclaimer

The Massachusetts General Hospital website is intended to provide general educational information and to help users more easily access information about health care services at Mass General.

Intention / Use of Website

This agreement can be modified by Massachusetts General Hospital (“Mass General”) at any time and any such modification will be effective immediately upon posting. By accessing and using this website, you assent to these terms and conditions.

Medical Disclaimer

If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Do not rely on electronic communications or communication through this website for immediate, urgent medical needs. This website is not designed to facilitate medical emergencies.

Health Content

This website does not provide medical advice.

Some information on the site is written by health care providers affiliated with Mass General and its affiliates, and some content is provided by outside sources.

The content of this website, such as graphics, images, text and all other materials, is provided for reference and educational purposes only. The content is not meant to be complete or exhaustive or to be applicable to any specific individual's medical condition.

Mass General assumes no duty to correct or update the website nor to resolve or clarify any inconsistent information that might be a part of the website. This website contains health or medically related materials that can be considered sexually explicit. If you find these materials offensive, do not use this website.

This website is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical advice, and it should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider's judgment. Users should not rely up this website for emergency medical treatment. The content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a qualified and licensed physician or other medical care provider, and follow their advice without delay regardless of anything read on this website.

Use of programs on the Mass General website does not establish a doctor–patient relationship. Should you electronically request an appointment through the website, Mass General will use the information you submit to arrange for care where and when appropriate.

Liability

You assume full responsibility for using the information on this site, and you understand and agree that Partners HealthCare and its affiliates, including Mass General, are not responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage resulting from its use by you or any user.

Mass General cannot and does not warrant that access to the site will be error- or virus-free and does not guarantee against unauthorized users or hackers attempting to obtain access to this website.

Mass General does not intentionally or knowingly collect personal information from children under age 18. If you are under the age of 18, please consult a parent or guardian for help in using this website.

Accuracy and Timeliness

Although we try to keep the information on the site as accurate as possible, Mass General disclaims any warranty concerning its accuracy, timeliness and completeness of content, and any other warranty, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Mass General also reserves the right to temporarily or permanently discontinue this website, any page or any functionality at any time and without any notice.

External Links

In order to provide website users with other helpful information, the Mass General website contains links to other websites. However, Mass General provides no authority over external organizations’ websites, and this policy does not apply to external sites that are provided as links. Pages of external websites might have different terms of use. Mass General provides links to certain external websites as a convenience to visitors of its website; the existence of a link is not intended to be, and should not be taken as, an endorsement by Mass General of any product or service that may be available through such external websites.

Copyright

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Privacy

By using the Mass General website, you agree to acceptance of the Website Privacy Policy.

We will review this disclaimer frequently and reserve the right to revise it periodically. If we make changes to this policy, we will post the updated policy here.

Patient confidentiality

Mass General places the highest priority on a patient’s right to privacy. Learn how medical information about you is used and disclosed.

Website privacy notice

The Website Privacy Notice describes what information we collect about you and how it is used.