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Doctor insights on: Sacral Dimples

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Are venus dimples the same as a sacral dimples!?

Are venus dimples the same as a sacral dimples!?

Yes: and so assuming you know your anatomy, your question is answered...check out the Botticelli painting... ...Read more

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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My granddaughter is 16 years old. She has had a 2 sacral dimples since birth. Lately they have started to bleed. Is this cause for concern?

My granddaughter is 16 years old.  She has had a 2 sacral dimples since birth.  Lately they have started to bleed.  Is this cause for concern?

Get checked: When one has a congenital sacral dimple, there can be a connected tract that can have discharge or bleed. A neurosurgeon (specialist) can examine and do radiographic studies to better determine the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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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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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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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?

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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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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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

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