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What other than ibs or polyps or a mass can cause flattened stools at times?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Hemorrhoids, strain: Constipation or forceful straining with bowel movements without relaxation of the anal sphincter is the most common cause of flattened stools. A rectal exam should always be done to exclude and anorectal mass.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Hemorrhoids: All of the things you mentioned along with hemorrhoids can change the stool appearance. If you see changes get yourself a proper evaluation to avoid the more serious problems that can cause this.

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