Tip 173: sacral dimples

Sacral dimples are common and may occur as an isolated finding or as part of multiple syndromes. The suspicion of underlying spinal dysraphism is increased by:

  • large size (>5mm)
  • increased distance from the anus (>2.5cm)
  • association with cutaneous stigmata (hair, cutis aplasia, haemangioma).

Reference: Nelson Textbook of Paediatrics, 18th Ed, 2007: Saunders.

Previously published: 06/10/14

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