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A 20-year-old male asked:

pencil thin stool and lazy bowls? i always have to strain even thought it's never hard, plus it's either pieces or pencil thin stool

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Get checked: You need to be checked by your dr. It may be nothing, but it's possible a tumor is causing the problem, especially if it came on gradually.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Many possibilities: Narrow stools can be due to a lack of dietary fiber, but a colon tumor has similar symptoms. Endoscopic colonic evaluation is warranted.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Need: To get checked. Pencil thin stools usually indicate some type of partial narrowing ot the lower colon or rectum. May be just hemorrhoids or something more significant. See a GI doctor or colorectal surgeon for an examination and advice.

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I have bloody stools, is this a sign of colitis?

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Maybe.: Colitis can result in bloody stools, but so can many other things, including hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel diseases, diverticulosis, peptic ulcers, colon cancer, & more. Depending on your personal history and age, you may also be more at risk for some of these than others. Bloody stools could come from benign problems as well as very serious ones. If you're having this problem, see your doctor.

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