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How do sacral dimple in adults occur?

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


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Could sacral dimple in adults be open?

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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What does it mean when your sacral dimple bleeds?

Pilonidal disease: Usually means that you may have had infection at the base of the dimple resulting in granulation tissue that bleeds when pressure is applied. See a surgeon. Excision can cure issue. ...Read more

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How serious can sacral dimple be if left untreated?

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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How serious might my sacral dimple be?

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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Is a sacral dimple hereditary and how common are they?

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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What is a sacral dimple in a infant?

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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Sacral dimple possible side effects?

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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Sacrum (Definition)

Below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone or coccyx lies the sacrum. The sacrum is part of the spine and interacts with the pelvis ...Read more


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