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Dr. Charles Vinocur
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
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How do sacral dimple in adults occur?

Dr. Charles Vinocur
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How do sacral dimple in adults occur?

They don't: A sacral dimple is present at birth. Other openings are usually secondary to pilonidal sinuses, which are aquired. ...Read more

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Sacral Dimple (Definition)

A sacral dimple is a small hole right above the buttocks. These dimples are common (2% of babies have them), and many are harmless, but some can be ...Read more


Dr. Charles Vinocur
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
43 years in practice
123K people helped
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Could sacral dimple in adults be open?

Dr. Charles Vinocur
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
43 years in practice
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Probably not: In general, postsacral dimples are found in babies and are related to a coccyx that is retroverted. I believe you probably have a pilonidal sinus. This can drain, get infected and lead to further issues that need to be addressed. I would recommend that it be evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Vinocur
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What does it mean when your sacral dimple bleeds?

Dr. Charles Vinocur
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What does it mean when your sacral dimple bleeds?

Needs evaluation: It is probably a pilnidaly sinus/abscess that is bleeding. It needs evaluation. It is an early sign of an infection in the hair bearing area. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Vinocur
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
43 years in practice
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How serious can sacral dimple be if left untreated?

Dr. Charles Vinocur
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
43 years in practice
123K people helped
How serious can sacral dimple be if left untreated?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Russell Jennings
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
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How serious might my sacral dimple be?

Dr. Russell Jennings
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonya Fordham
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What tests need to be done to diagnose a sacral dimple? And what does one look like?

Dr. Tonya Fordham
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None: If you can see the base of the dimple then these are benign defects of muscle. ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Board Certified, Pain Management
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Is a sacral dimple hereditary and how common are they?

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Sacral dimple: This is quite normal - we see it in some and in some its not obvious. The latter depends on how much soft tissue overlies that area. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
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Can you tell me of any long term defects having a sacral dimple?

Dr. Troy Reyna
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Debatable: Some feel it may predispose to pilonidal disease as an adult. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What is a sacral dimple in a infant?

Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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See Below: It is a dimple found in the sacrum or buttocks area. The concern is if the dimple is above the gluteal fold. If so, an ultrasound of the spine is normally completed to look for a tethered spinal cord. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Vinocur
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
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Sacral dimple possible side effects?

Dr. Charles Vinocur
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
43 years in practice
123K people helped
Sacral dimple possible side effects?

Adult/child: Babies born with a sacral dimple (at the tip of the coccyx) rarely have any issue other than dermatitis if deep and not cleaned. Any 'dimple' above the hips in a ababy needs evaluation. Adults probably have a pilonidal sinus which can become an abscess and need surgery. ...Read more

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