A 49-year-old member asked:
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If a sacral dimple is closed and is just a skin dimple, does this mean the child has a neural tube defect underneath?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
No!: Minor shallow sacral dimples have no complications. They are a normal variation. Deeper pits or sinuses can become infected, usually when a child is much older. Further testing is only needed when dimples are large, deep and are unusual in location or appearance. Sacral dimples are found in 3% of normal babies.
Answered on Apr 6, 2012

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