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Droopy eye-lid Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Droopy eye-lid. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the droopy eyelid?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the problem with an ectropion (a rolling outward of the margin of the lower eyelid)?

    Why: this occurs in the older population and in those with a facial nerve (7th cranial nerve) palsy. It is associated with irritation of the eye and eye watering.

  3. Is the problem with ptosis ( a drooping of the upper eyelid)?

    Why: may be due to several different causes including congenital (absent nerve to the muscle that elevates the upper eyelid); mechanical (e.g. swelling , cholesterol deposit or tumor of the upper eyelid); muscular (e.g. muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis) or nerve ( e.g. 3rd nerve palsy, Horner's syndrome).

  4. Is the droopy eyelid intermittent?

    Why: would suggest myasthenia gravis, migraine and transient ischemic attacks.

  5. Is the droopy eyelid partial or complete?

    Why: If partial it would suggest Horner's syndrome (especially if there was also a constricted pupil), myotonic dystrophy, myasthenia gravis and progressive muscular atrophy.

  6. Alcohol history?

    Why: can help determine risk of Wernicke's encephalopathy.

  7. Headache and/or double vision?

    Why: may suggest migraine, brain tumor or brain aneurysm.

  8. Symptoms of 3rd nerve palsy?

    Why: e.g. unilateral complete droopy eyelid, eye deviated down and out, dilated pupil. Causes of a 3rd nerve palsy include brain stem stroke, brain stem tumor, diabetes, migraine, nasopharyngeal cancer.

  9. Symptoms of Horner's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. unilateral partial droopy eyelid, constricted pupil, lack of sweating on the same side of the face. Horner's syndrome has many causes including lung cancer, thyroid cancer, cervical spinal cord tumor, carotid artery aneurysm, cluster headache, brain stem stroke or brain stem tumor.

  10. Symptoms of Myasthenia gravis?

    Why: e.g. easy muscle fatigability especially eyelids, neck, shoulders, lower legs and trunk, droopy eyelids, double vision, weak voice.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Droopy eye-lid:

The following list of conditions have 'Droopy eye-lid' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Droopy eye-lid:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Droopy eye-lid' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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