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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I'm having bloody stool, thin, pencil-like stools, blue stool, unintentional weight loss, feeling of unfinished bowel movement, mild abdominal pain?

I'm having bloody stool, thin, pencil-like stools, blue stool, unintentional weight loss, feeling of unfinished bowel movement, mild abdominal pain?

Please see a GI Doc: You are describing symptoms of bowel obstruction. You should undergo a colonoscopy and a CT scan of your abdomen. At your young age, I would worry about Ulcerative Colotis or Crohn's disease, an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause pencil thin stool?

Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause pencil thin stool?

Comcermnng: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other agents used for constipation should not cause pencil thin stools. I am concerned that you are requiring daily constipation medications. You need to see a gastroenterologist who then may proceed with a colonoscopy to make sure you have nothing in your colon that is causing the thin stool and you then need to discuss the issue of constipation. Please proceed with the GI physician ...Read more

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Pencil shaped stool: could this indicate bowel cancer?

Pencil shaped stool: could this indicate bowel cancer?

Possible: A rectal cancer could be a cause of decreased caliber stool, but there are others, so you need to seek an immediate physical exam, starting with the most basic technique, the digital rectal exam. Your doctor can guide you, but seek help. ...Read more

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Lower and upper abdominal cramps, frequent bowel movements, 6 or more bowel movements a day, tannish color soft stool but anus fissure. What is this?

Lower and upper abdominal cramps, frequent bowel movements, 6 or more bowel movements a day, tannish color soft stool but anus fissure. What is this?

Irritable bowel?: In people who otherwise are outwardly healthy, by far the main cause of such symptoms is irritable bowel syndrome. However, several other kinds of intestinal disorders also are possible. You'll need in-person evaluation to know. Good luck! ...Read more

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Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Call your Dr now: Hopefully this is transient, but the description provided is concerning for bowel obstruciton which can in turn lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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What are Bowel Loops? Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops, etc

What are Bowel Loops?  Small Bowel Loops, Large Bowel Loops,  etc

Folds of the bowels: Your body has about 20 feet of small intestine (small bowel) and 5 feet of large intestine (large bowel). The intestines are folded and form loops to fit into the abdomen. Large bowel loop refers to the folds of the large intestine and small bowel loops refers to the folds of small intestine. This reference is usually made during xray or CT imaging done. ...Read more

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Colon cancer at 18 years old? Bloating Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea Green stool Change of bowel movement I feel fine though?

Colon cancer at 18 years old? 

Bloating
Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea 
Green stool
Change of bowel movement

I feel fine though?

Colon cancer: At your age colon cancer not likely. There are other more likely reasons for your symptoms such as irritable bowl or other. See your healthcare worker as it may be normal or you may have a reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Not always: If you have symptoms such as bloody stools or urge to go but nothing happens, or abdominal pain, or weight loss, then I'd be more suspicious for colitis. Nevertheless it would be a good idea to get your stool tested for inflammation and infection. ...Read more

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Feeling bloated, green stools, little poo comes out, feel fine, bowel movements changed with either diarrhea or constipation? Stressed, colon cancer?

Feeling bloated, green stools, little poo comes out, feel fine, bowel movements changed with either diarrhea or constipation? Stressed, colon cancer?

Not at all likely: I've been a medical oncologist for 30 years, and I've never seen colon cancer in someone as young as you. I suppose it has happened sometime somewhere, but you're probably more likely to win the lottery than to have colon cancer at your age. ...Read more

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Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Alternating bowel movements of green stools with some black dots of constipation ad diarrhea, bloated, small poop comes outs18 years old colon cancer?

Diet: The appearance of feces varies according to diet, your level of hydration, your gut's microbial flora, medications, and your bodies own makeup. Colin cancer is rare in an 18 year old. It may cause blood to appear in the stool but often just small amounts that is not visible, and requires a chemical test. Cancer does not typically cause diarrhea except for a rare form called villous adenoma. ...Read more

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Thinner stools for weeks, soft stools lately and sometimes (very rarely) diarria & constipation. More movements lately?

Thinner stools for weeks, soft stools lately and sometimes (very rarely) diarria & constipation. More movements lately?

Work up: A change I'm bowel habits including diameter of stool, frequency/constipation should be handled with care since they could be related to GI tumors. Depending on your age you could be due for a colonoscopy. Knowing more about your history would be helpful since there are other differential diagnosis ...Read more

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Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

R/O IBS: IBS IS SX OF EXCLUSION.. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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Does hemorroids cause ribbon like ir pencil like stools?

Need an exam: If you have pencil like stools you either have very very large hemorrhoids (which would be very obvious) or something more worrisome. You should find someone to look and examine you as well as possibly perform a colonoscopy . If you have hemorrhoids that big, they also need to be dealt with because you can become completely obstructed and not be able to pass stools! ...Read more

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A 17 year olds sysmptoms :change in bowel movement constipation narrow stools small black dots in stool tight abdomen mild stomach pain colon cancer?

A 17 year olds sysmptoms :change in bowel movement  constipation narrow stools small black dots in stool tight abdomen mild stomach pain colon cancer?

Needs eval : This isn't a usual presentation for colon cancer, since it's usually without symptoms, and doesn't happen to 17 year olds very often. There are a lot of colon conditions that need to be considered by a doctor in person to figure this one out which i'd suggest you get done early next week. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids stop bowel movements?

Can hemorrhoids stop bowel movements?

Not directly: Painful hemorrhoids can make it difficult pass the bowels but not cause bowel blockage. Usually it is the other way, that constipation causes worsening hemorrhoid irritation. Avoid constipation, drink more water, eat more fiber, fruits and vegetables, add metamucil fiber. ...Read more

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Frequent bowel movement and visible mucous in stool. What to do?

Frequent bowel movement and visible mucous in stool. What to do?

Please see below: This could be due to an infective process, if this continues, please see a doctor. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more