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Sacral Dimple

What is a sacral dimple?

A sacral dimple is an indentation in the skin on the lower back that is present at the time of birth. The dimple is usually small, shallow and can be found above the buttocks. Researchers do not know what causes sacral dimples, but generally they are harmless and do not need any medical treatment. However, a sacral dimple can reveal a more serious abnormality involving the spine and/or spinal cord, such as spina bifida. If the dimple is large, red, swollen, tender or accompanied by fluid, a doctor will likely perform a series of tests to rule out a more serious condition. Ultrasounds, MRI’s and physical examinations are all used to make a clear diagnosis.

Most of the time, sacral dimples are harmless and don't require your child to receive medical treatment. Parents and caregivers should keep the dimple clean and dry. A sacral dimple can become infected and form a cyst, which would need medical treatment and possibly surgery to drain or remove the cyst.





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gabstargh - 1859 days ago.
I was born with a Sacral-Dimple, I can fit my whole thumb into it. Whilst I have had no significant issues that I believe to be related to it, I do suffer rqather intense back pain quite often. Some children out grow it and it just becomes a tiny dimple, mine grew with me and actually became larger.

jennifersd - 1860 days ago.
By baby girl was born with a sacral dimple. The Dr. sent her for an ultrasound in the hospital and everything looked fine. She is 8 months now and it is barely visable.

laural6531 - 1864 days ago.
my son now 8months old has a DOUBLE sacral Dimple and i had never heard of this before.....i thought he just had a little fold at top of bottom (hea was 4wk early) so i thought he would prob grow into it, then one day i actually opened the fold and there it was a double sacral dimple i am now awaiting a pediatric referal to get scan done...........can any one tell me what this is what causes it and what could be the outcome thanks in advance x

CelticBabe2009 - 1868 days ago.
People in both my mom's family and my husband's have this, but I have never heard it called a 'birth defect' and we are all pretty medically informed. I am not doubting it, just very surprised. My daughter has it too, but it is not as severe as the picture. No one I know who has one has had any problems whatsoever. I just thought it was a family trait and none of the doctors that have examined her have ever mentioned it (including Kosair Children's Hospital). Hmmmmm.......and no they don't go away. The adults I know say they still have them.

dullkey20 - 1879 days ago.
My daughter was born with a Sacral Dimple... I was the first that noticed and thought she had a second anus!! It completely freaked me out! So I brought it up and her first Doctors appointment... As a precaution we had an ultrasound done and it revealed nothing serious... She is now 7 months old and it seems that she has grown in to her sacral dimple, its barely there now...

missyv28 - 1880 days ago.
Does it eventully go away? My son has one and he is 2. I was just wondering if he will have it into adulthood.

Laura Ward - 1880 days ago.
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