Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Sacral Dimple

photo by Janelle Aby, MD

Sacral dimples are a commonly encountered finding on the physical exam. Most of these dimples are "simple dimples" and require no further evaluation. A simple dimple is one that is located within 2.5 cm of the anus, has a base that can be visualized and is not associated with other abnormalities on exam. The dimple in this photo is the tiny dark brown shadow below the slate grey patch at the superior end of the gluteal crease.

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