Q. I have positive Babinski and Hoffman signs. What does that mean?

Answered by
Dr. Hitesh Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Sep 12, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 19, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 29 year old male. I was previously diagnosed with essential tremor, for which I have been taking Propanolol 160 mg for six years. My current symptoms are constant tingling, soreness, and restlessness of the legs. I get spasms in the legs as well as arms. My right eye goes blurry when it is too hot or if I am in the bath. Also, I have been really sensitive to heat recently, and there is slurring of speech. My right eye also droops sometimes. My legs are weak, and I have balance issues. I have a positive Babinski and Hoffman sign. I would appreciate some advice on what condition this could be.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Your symptoms are not easily explained by one problem.
  1. A positive Babinski and Hoffman sign indicates that you might be having some spinal cord lesion.
  2. But slurring of speech and blurring of eye signify a brain lesion.
  3. Intermittent drooping of one eye may point towards myasthenia gravis.
  4. As you mentioned to be sensitive to heat, there may be a possibility of multiple sclerosis.
  • The following investigations will give a conclusive diagnosis:
  1. MRI brain.
  2. MRI spine with contrast.
  3. Repetitive neve stimulation test.

I suggest you meet a neurologist in person for a detailed history and clinical examination.

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