What is Hoffmann’s sign or Hoffmann’s Reflex? Hoffmann’s sign is a test for pathological disorder in upper motor neuron reflex as seen in cervical myelopathy when the spinal cord in the cervical spine gets compressed and chances are that the patient will exhibit pathological reflexes.What does Hoffmann sign on both sides of cervical spine indicate?
The presence of Hoffmann sign on both sides strongly suggests the presence of spinal cord compression in the cervical spine. This is very helpful information when assessing patients with very few other objective findings.What does a positive Hoffmann sign mean in spinal stenosis?
Less often (11 patients), there was a bilateral Hoffmann sign (present on both sides). The presence of a positive Hoffmann’s sign in this group may point to the fact that the patient has spinal stenosis. In spinal stenosis, there is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which surrounds the spinal cord.What does bilateral Hoffmann sign mean?
Bilateral Hoffmann sign in patients with low back pain was strongly linked with unknown compression of the cervical cord. Therefore the Hoffmann sign is a reliable way to test for early signs of cervical myelopathy. The presence of Hoffmann sign on both sides strongly suggests the presence of spinal cord compression in the cervical spine.