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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
53 years experience Internal Medicine
Multiple causes: How long did you have flat stools? Any other symptoms? Irritable bowel syndrome can cause flat stools for a long time.

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Flat stools: Although it is possible that flat stools could be caused by impacted feces, it could also be caused by a polyp or tumor in the colon. Anytime somebody ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vernon Barton
51 years experience General Practice
It depends, see belo: If this is a new change in the stool shape, it may just be an enlarged hemorrhoid. If you have had babies, it could be scarring of your anal canal. ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends: Has it always been that way or is it a recent change? Any bleeding? Any pain or cramping? Family history of polyps or cancer? Need more info to he ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Flat brown stool: The amount, color, frequency, shape of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications, supplements ingested, gut flora (uniqu ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Flat stool: Flat stools are not unusual and may occur in irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colitis. Since you also have normal shaped stools at times, a constri ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sonja Stiller-martin
25 years experience Emergency Medicine
See your doctor: If you have had a recent change in your stools-such as described- it may be time to have a colonoscopy and rectal exam to ensure there is nothing comp ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Diarrhea: Diarrhea can range from very mild to severe. For severe diarrhea and associated symptoms, i would recommend going to either the emergency room or urg ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Mass effect: Partially obstruucting mass, See PCP for exam
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yousuf Siddiqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Usually not serious: It is most likely from bowel spasm (spastic colon or irritable bowel syndrome) in someone your age. I suggest a high fiber diet and a supplement like ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Normal variation: the issues to be concerned about would be black stool, string-like or absolutely flat, discolored stool ( green, yellow). Add fiber, fresh fruit and v ... Read More
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