2019 - 3 Issue

Case report

Pupillary Abnormalities in Childhood – 2 Case Presentations


Anisocoria is a condition characterized by an unequal size of the eyes’ pupils. There is a broad spectrum of aetiological factors including benign and also life- threatening situations. The most important point is the ability to find the anatomical location of the pathology. Understanding to the anatomical, physiological and pharmacological influences helps us to solve the diagnostic challenge. In the article authors present the issue of the anisocoria in the childhood through two case presentations. Causes of an unequal size of the eyes’ pupils are in this two cases different. In both of the cases the anisocoria is temporary with spontaneous resolution without any therapy. Diagnostic challenge is well- described with the analysis of important Pilocarpin pharmacological tests. Pharmacological diagnostic tests are a very effective method to differentiate between the pharmacological mydriasis and the mydriasis caused by another factor. Strictly taken patient´s history with targeted questions searching for recent contact with some drugs, plants or medications is crucial. Sometimes it is necessary to consider an unusual diagnosis – benign episodic unilateral mydriasis.

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