Sacral dimple — Comprehensive overview covers complications, treatment of this indentation on the lower back.
A sacral dimple is an indentation, present at birth, in the skin on the lower back. It's usually located just above the crease between the buttocks. Most sacral dimples are harmless and don't require any treatment.
Sacral dimples that are accompanied by a nearby tuft of hair, skin tag or certain types of skin discoloration are sometimes associated with a serious underlying abnormality of the spine or spinal cord. In these instances, your child's doctor may recommend an imaging test. If an abnormality is discovered, treatment depends on the underlying cause.
A sacral dimple consists of an indentation, or "pit," in the skin on the lower back, just above the crease between the buttocks.
A sacral dimple is a congenital condition, meaning it's present at birth. There are no known causes.
Rarely, sacral dimples are associated with a serious underlying abnormality of the spine or spinal cord. Examples include:
The risks of these spinal problems increase if the sacral dimple is accompanied by a nearby tuft of hair, skin tag or certain types of skin discoloration.
Sacral dimples are present at birth and are evident during an infant's initial physical exam. In most cases, further testing is unnecessary. If the dimple is very large or is accompanied by a nearby tuft of hair, skin tag or certain types of skin discoloration, your doctor may suggest imaging tests to rule out spinal cord problems.
These tests may include:
Treatment is unnecessary for a simple sacral dimple.
In general, your child won't need to see a doctor for a sacral dimple. If you have questions about the sacral dimple, you can also bring these up at your child's routine office visits.
Some questions you might want to ask your child's doctor include:
December 22nd, 2020