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Abnormal 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
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
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
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
Stool: Generally bulky, light-colored (grey-yellow), greasy and oily, floats and smells foul. ...Read more
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
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
Stool problem: is it normal for your stools to the size and shape of a pencil one day and big the next day?
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
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
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
I sometimes have flat hard curved shapes at the begining of my stool it is mixed in with little pebbles and the rest of stool is softer. Why is this?
Simple....: You are delaying and suppressing your nature call....may be your fluid intake is less......than normal. ...Read more
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
Your stool: Can be tested for ova & parasites so that you will know one way or another. ...Read more
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
Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.
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
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
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
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
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
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