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What cause an overly narrow stool?

What cause an overly narrow stool?

? obstruction: Narrow stools can sometimes be related to bowel obstructions (i.e., enlarged prostate, cancer, rectal polyps etc). If this is a change in bowel habitus it warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I had a normal sized stool in the morning, and now a very small and narrow stool came out. Is there something wrong with me?

I had a normal sized stool in the morning, and now a very small and narrow stool came out. Is there something wrong with me?

Normal: It is within normal limits to have varying characteristics to your bowels movements within 1 day. Cause for concern would be if a change became more persistent and consistent, or developed additional symptoms. ...Read more

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Can pepto bismal cause narrow stools?

Can pepto bismal cause narrow stools?

Shouldn't: Pepto bismal can cause the stool to become black because it contains bismuth. However, it should not cause thin stools. If you have chronic narrow stools -it is important to have this medically evaluated. Any major change to bowel habitus warrants assessment. ...Read more

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I have blood with the mucus. I'm fourteen, and have been having relatively narrow stools. Could this be simply a matter of diet change or a serious disease, what to do?

I have blood with the mucus. I'm fourteen, and have been having relatively narrow stools. Could this be simply a matter of diet change or a serious disease, what to do?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood with the mucus. I'm fourteen, and have been having relatively narrow stools. Could this be simply a matter of diet change or a serious disease?

What to do if I have blood with the mucus. I'm fourteen, and have been having relatively narrow stools. Could this be simply a matter of diet change or a serious disease?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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What size are colon tumours typically that are causing symptoms, such as narrow stools? Can they still be quite small?

What size are colon tumours typically that are causing symptoms, such as narrow stools? Can they still be quite small?

Yes: There is a wide variety. Some colon tumors get very large before ever causing any symptoms like narrow stools. On the flip side, very small tumors can start bleeding and become symptomatic very early on. Generally a larger tumor is worse. ...Read more

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Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

Do narrow stools always indicate colon cancer?

No: More commonly due to spasm in lower colon. However, sudden change in stool caliber, "pencil thin" stools, cramps, bleeding, nausea, weight loss need evaluation. Ongoing symptoms need evaluation. At the least, this should involve a doctor visit, perhaps other tests. ...Read more

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If 'pencil' stool and 'narrow' stool are signs of colon cancer but exactly how thin of the stool consider as pencil stool or narrow ?

If 'pencil' stool and 'narrow' stool are signs of colon cancer but exactly how thin of the stool consider as pencil stool or narrow ?

Any change.: Any change in stool caliber warrants investigation. If one's stool has changed in size (narrow), to any degree, a colonoscopy is warranted. This could be an early sign of colon caner. ...Read more

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