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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Stool Shape

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Does hemorrhoid has anything to do with my stool shape?

Does hemorrhoid has anything to do with my stool shape?

It could.: A large hemorrhoid could change the shape of the stool as it passes through the lower portion of the rectum and anal canal. ...Read more

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My dad (50 years old) has had changes in his stool shape. What are the chances of changes in stool shape being colon cancer?

My dad (50 years old) has had changes in his stool shape. What are the chances of changes in stool shape being colon cancer?

Possible: The clinical indications of a tumor growing in the distal bowel or simoid/rectosigmoid region is the appearance of blood, or narrowing of stool. Since the terminal large bowel functions to completely remove water from the GI tract, the initial site being cecum/rt. Colon, if a tumor is obstructing lumen, the stool becomes narrowed. One requires colonoscopy to confirm source of problem. ...Read more

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I found out I have four large internal hemorrhoids (they prevented the passage of stool and I ended up in the ER). Could they also change stool shape?

I found out I have four large internal hemorrhoids (they prevented the passage of stool and I ended up in the ER). Could they also change stool shape?

Yes&No, hemorrhoids: Are stretched-out/varicose veins (either above or below the anal sphincter muscles) which connect the veins of the lower colon with veins of the skin collecting blood for return to the heart. Assuming no clots, the distending volume is simply blood & probably softer than feces. If the vein contains clots (& scarred down old clots) then greater stiffness & associated effect on fecal shape. ...Read more

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Why do I have oval flat shaped stools?

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 help advise you. ...Read more

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Abnormal stool test results. Worried, what to do?

Abnormal stool test results. Worried, what to do?

Vague: First provide as complete a story and data to your doctor. It may be trivial, or possibly significant. Please re-ask your question with more information. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results. Worried?

Possible reasons for abnormal stool test results. Worried?

Please clarify: Dozens of different tests can be done each with many possible results and meanings. It is your right to get an explanation now. ...Read more

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Is fatty stool normally regular in shape, color and diameter?

Is fatty stool normally regular in shape, color and diameter?

Stool: Generally bulky, light-colored (grey-yellow), greasy and oily, floats and smells foul. ...Read more

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I have had abnormal stool color... Its been white fot a week? Why would that be?

Liver: There is likely a problem with your liver. You should see your doctor for testing. Bilirubin, which comes from the liver is yellow in color and is normally broken down in the GI tract. It gives stool it's dark brown color. If there is a blockage of bile or decreased production from liver then stool looks clay white. ...Read more

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My stool's shape has change for the last month. It loos like a snake. Do I need to get a colonoscopy?

My stool's shape has change for the last month. It loos like a snake. Do I need to get a colonoscopy?

Stool shape: There are many variables which can affect the size and shape of stool, including the diet, state of physical hydration or dehydration, associated bowel health or disease, and many others. COnsideration for colonoscopy is made when there are concerns of underlying bowel diseases or tumors. A screening colonoscopy would be indicated if these are discovered by history or on exam ...Read more

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Stool problem: is it normal for your stools to the size and shape of a pencil one day and big the next day?

Yes: The size and shape of your stool is determined by how long the stool is in your rectum, and the tightness of your anal muscles. Long duration in the rectum = larger, harder stools. Tight anal muscles will make stool 'squeeze out' -- like out of a toothpaste container.
You can stop these swings by getting more fiber (roughage) in your diet or taking benefiber; make sure to get enough water also! ...Read more

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From time to time I'll have long square shaped stool. Even after having a normal one in the same sitting. Is this cause for concern?

From time to time I'll have long square shaped stool. Even after having a normal one in the same sitting. Is this cause for concern?

No: This is not unusual. Narrow caliber stool --pencil like or blood in stool or persistent very light stools or floating stools would be of concern. ...Read more

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My stool sample was said to be a bit abnormal and just a little bit out what is normal and healthy is this something I should worry about?

My stool sample was said to be a bit abnormal and just a little bit out what is normal and healthy is this something I should worry about?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have been useful to have the actual test results as your statement does not provide any information even about what test was done. Talk to the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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Lately, I've had stools that have ridges on the top and almost appear to be square or rectangle in shape. I have had hemerrhoids in the past. Could they be related?

Shape of stool: By itself is not indication of anything serious. But a simple rectal examination would reveal any abnormalities that might be causing it. Go and see a doctor to make sure that you don't have anything close to the anal opening or any occult blood in the stool. ...Read more

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I have white round balls worm shapes on my stool. Do I need to be dewormed?

I have white round balls worm shapes on my stool. Do I need to be dewormed?

Your stool: Can be tested for ova & parasites so that you will know one way or another. ...Read more

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What is the reason behind ribbon shaped stool?

What is the reason behind ribbon shaped stool?

Here's a link...: Http://www. Newhealthguide. Org/Flat-Stool. Html. Any accompanying symptoms that suggest something more serious than Irritable Bowel Syndrome here? ...Read more

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I have abnormal stool, what to do?

Change is stool: Habitus is an indication for medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What shapes should your stools look like?

Stool: Everybody is different but a long log or s shape is technically "normal". What is also important to note is when there is a significant change in your vowel movements. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with abnormal stool. What is this?

You tell us: The word 'abnormal' is not in any way descriptive enough to give you a valid medical answer. What do you mean specifically by 'abnormal'? ...Read more

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Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.

Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.

Can happen: This can happen. Usually due to changes in diet. If you are consistently taking a fiber supplement, then less likely. You should consider regular fiber in the diet and more water intake.
It's best to discuss significant changes with your physician. May want to consider colonoscopy if you are adult age. ...Read more

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My stool has looked deep green and a little furry. Is that normal / abnormal or what? Does it mean that something is wrong? That is all for now.

My stool has looked deep green and a little furry. Is that normal / abnormal or what? Does it mean that something is wrong? That is all for now.

Let me explain: Stool comes in a range of colors. Only rarely does stool color indicate a potentially serious intestinal condition.
Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely.
Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements. ...Read more

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What could cause abnormal stool (blood)?

What could cause abnormal stool (blood)?

Get checked please: Blood per rectum, separate from or associated with stool regardless of age of the sufferer, is never normal. As such, and although the cause is likely easily explained (e.g. Hemorrhoids, anal fissure), it must be evaluated so serious pathology is not missed or diagnosis delayed. ...Read more

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I was wondering are round ball-like stools abnormal?

I was wondering are round ball-like stools abnormal?

Probably fine: Stools can be round and ball-like. If you are concerned about them, you should try to increase the fiber and liquid in your diet. Sometimes even a fiber supplement such as Metamucil would be useful. You probably will see your stools bulk up if you do that. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a enlarge prostate affect the shape of your stool?

No: Although the prostate sits between the bladder and rectum, it's pretty tough to see how stool shape would be influenced. If your stool is consistently a different shape, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat permanent constipation and irregular time of stool passing.

What should I do to treat permanent constipation and irregular time of stool passing.

See below: Constipation is a very common problem particular in Western society. Common associated issues are not enough water and not enough fruits and vegetables. High-fiber can be very helpful in constipation but it must be associated with water.

Several questions would help diagnose your problem. To include how often you normally move your bowels. Do you normally have a problem with constipation? Do you ...Read more

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I have small pebble shaped stool? This started 2 weeks ago what should I do? I go to the bathroom once everyday.

I have small pebble shaped stool? This started 2 weeks ago what should I do? I go to the bathroom once everyday.

Constipated...: Even though you have a daily bowel movement, it sounds like you are somewhat constipated. Increasing your fluid intake can really help. Also increasing fiber rich foods can help. A trial of over the counter MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) can help soften stools. It can be titrated to get a good stool consistency. The only side-effect is too loose stool. ...Read more

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Hello. A few of my stools come out logged shaped. Why is it? Its uncomfortable. What can I do to make stools smaller?

Hello. A few of my stools come out logged shaped. Why is it? Its uncomfortable. What can I do to make stools smaller?

Large feces: If someone is having large hard feces it is probably due to constipation. Increasing fluids, fruits and vegetables could help with this. Sometimes people take medicine that can cause this problem, othertimes people may need medicine to treat it. It would be good to see a doctor if t persists. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy 6 months ago- clear no abnormalities. Stool still abnormal - sometimes really thin, sometimes blood streaked?

Colonoscopy 6 months ago- clear no abnormalities. Stool still abnormal - sometimes really thin, sometimes blood streaked?

Internal hemorrhoids: Colonoscopy can mix issues in the distal rectum. You might have internal hemorrhoids so I suggest a simple sigmoidoscopy or even proctoscopy to assure there in nothing going on lower down. ...Read more