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Why are my stools like little balls and want come out?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Scybalous stool: Hard pellet-like (scybalous) stool, associated with passage of mucus, suggests several possibilities: constipation-variant irritable bowel syndrome (c-ibs), rectal dyssynergia due to altered rectal tone/sensation, partial obstruction likely due to adhesions. Work-up may include: colonoscopy to evaluate the bowel, sitz marker testing to distinguish normal- versus slow-transit constipation, ct scan.

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What does it mean if my stool is like little balls ?

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Scybalous stools: Otherwise characterkzed as "rabbit pellets" are thought to happen due to low dietary fiber, dehydration, and voluntary fecal retention, may be associated with chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, certain constipating medications like narcotics, pyloric stenosis, hypothyroidism, electrolyte problems, and neuroenteric disorders and genetic causes like cystic fibrosis.

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