A small dent in the lower back of a baby close to its buttocks is the sacral dimple or back dimple. A tag on the sacral region imprint, present in the beginning, in the skin on The lower back. These butt dimples generally located just above the sacral area between the buttocks. Most sacral dimples are benign and don’t need any treatment.
Sacral dimples that are characterized by a close tuft of hair skin Tag or certain forms of skin discoloration are occasionally associated with a severe inherent abnormality of the spine or spinal cord. In such cases, your child’s doctor may recommend an imaging test. If an anomaly is discovered, treatment depends on the underlying cause.
What is a Sacral Dimple?
A sacral dimple or back dimple is a small indentation (dent) in the lower back near the buttocks’ crease. It’s a congenital condition, meaning it is there when the infant is born.
Most butt dimples or sacral dimples do not cause any health issues. In some cases, a Sacral dimple can be a sign of an underlying spinal issue. These issues are usually minor. Occasionally they can include conditions like spina bifida or a tethered spinal cord. Spina bifida happens when the spine does not form completely at a fetus. A tethered spinal cord is one where the spinal cord nerves grow attached to a place on the backbone. This restricts the capacity of the spine to move.
A nurse (children’s doctor) will look closely at a sacral Dimple to decide if it can indicate a spinal issue. Based on its size and location, your doctor may order additional tests to rule out spine issues.
Just how common are sacral dimples?
Roughly 3 to 8% of infants are born with a sacral dimple.
Sacral Dimple Pictures
What Causes a Sacral Dimple?
Doctors don’t know why sacral dimples appear in some people at birth.
Sacral dimples Don’t Have any symptoms Aside from the indentation itself. The dimple is typically shallow and located in or close to the crease of the buttocks. In rare instances, some sacral dimples are a sign of a spine or spinal cord issues. In such cases, your doctor might refer you for further evaluation.
A sacral dimple that is an Indication of an adjoining spinal problem might have signs including:
- The tuft of hair neighboring
- Skin label (small bit of extra skin)
- Discoloration or tingling of neighboring skin
Severe Condition in Sacral Dimples
Paradoxically, sacral dimples are correlated with a severe inherent abnormality of the spine or spinal cord. Examples include:
A mild form of the condition, called spina bifida occulta, occurs when the spine doesn’t close properly around the spinal cord, but the cord remains within the spinal tract but in in severe case this butt dimple may cause painful spinal disease. The spinal cord normally stretches freely within the spinal cord canal. Tethered cord syndrome is a disease that occurs when tissue attached to the spinal cord limits its own actions. Symptoms of this disorder may include weakness or numbness in the legs and bladder or bowel incontinence.
The dangers of these spinal problems grow if the sacral dimple is Followed with a nearby tuft of hair, skin label, or certain types of skin discoloration.