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Pupil dilation Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Pupil dilation. 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 pupil dilation?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Are both pupils dilated?

    Why: Bilateral pupil dilation would most likely suggest drug intoxication such as Phenobarbital, marijuana and PCP. Other possibilities include concussion and glaucoma.

  3. History of head trauma?

    Why: may suggest concussion or intracranial haematoma (brain blood clot) as the cause of pupil dilation.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. iritis may be seen in inflammatory bowel disease, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome, diabetes mellitus and sarcoidosis; Oculomotor nerve palsy (third cranial nerve) lesion may be caused by brain aneurysm, brain tumor or meningitis.

  5. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause bilateral pupil dilation such as Phenobarbital an agent used for epileptic seizures.

  6. Illicit drug use?

    Why: e.g. marijuana and PCP may cause bilateral pupil dilation.

  7. Sexual history?

    Why: to help determine the risk of neurosyphilis.

  8. Family history?

    Why: e.g. glaucoma, brain aneurysm.

  9. Blindness?

    Why: Blindness would suggest an optic nerve lesion (second cranial nerve). Impaired vision may also suggest glaucoma or iritis.

  10. Redness of the eye?

    Why: suggests definite eye disease such as iritis or glaucoma.

  11. Joint pain?

    Why: may suggest iritis due to either ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pupil dilation:

The following list of conditions have 'Pupil dilation' 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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