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A 34-year-old member asked:

How serious can sacral dimple be if left untreated?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Depends how deep it is and how hirsute the patient. If a baby then how hairy are the parents? A deep sacral dimple may predispose to pilonidal sinus disease at a latter age if the person has a hairy backside.
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Dr. Charles Vinocur
Pediatric Surgery 49 years experience
Rarely problematic: One must be clear about what is meant by a sacral dimple. Children are born with these dimples. Occasionally, they are deep and get irritated/infected. They are not associated with pilonidal disease in older patients. However, if the "dimple" is higher that at the end of the coccyx(tailbone), it must be investigated to be sure it is not associated with a spinal defect.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How serious might my sacral dimple be?

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Dr. Russell Jennings
Pediatric Surgery 36 years experience
Varies: A common form of sacral dimple is the tip of the tailbone is in contact with the skin. That type tends to be benign, but can fill with debris and hair and get infected.
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Last updated Mar 14, 2019

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