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How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

Pencil thin stool: Pencil thin stools should generally be like that. However any change in bowel habits or bleeding should prompt evaluation by your pcp gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I am having ribbon like stools for a week. Serious?

I am having ribbon like stools for a week. Serious?

Possibly: Without a history or physical exam, you are unlikely to get any meaningful information. I suggest you call your primary doctor or a general practitioner for an appointment. If you have pain or blood in your stool, or if there is dark black, marrowbone or tar colored stool, seek urgent or emergency care. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Anything to worry about if I have narrow ribbon like stools?

Anything to worry about if I have narrow ribbon like stools?

Possibly: A change in stool caliber could be due to hemorrhoids however a colonoscopy to evaluate for the presence of a rectal mass that could cause stool narrowing is necessary. ...Read more

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What defines Ribbon-like stools? Is it literally the thickness of a Ribbon (which is about an 1/8th of an inch)?

What defines Ribbon-like stools? Is it literally the thickness of a Ribbon (which is about an 1/8th of an inch)?

Ribbon Like Stools: Change in bowel habits refer to any change in texture, consistency, frequency or amount including ribbon/pencil like stools. The exact thickness of the stool is not so relevant as much as having a change in your normal bowel habits. Ribbon like stools may be a sign of something benign like irritable bowel or something more serious such as colon/rectal cancer. See a Proctologist for a Colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Occasional flat (ribbon like) stool..No pain ever, once or twice every couple months I have a little blood on outside of the tip of stool.Nofamhistory

Occasional flat (ribbon like) stool..No pain ever, once or twice every couple months I have a little blood on outside of the tip of stool.Nofamhistory

Muscle spasm: Occasional flat stools are usually a combination of soft stool and tight muscles. Consistently flat stools are of concern, especially if combined with needing to strain to pass stool or pain with passing stool. However, since you are having some bleeding an examination is indicated to make sure it is not something more important. ...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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Can hemorrhoids cause flat ribbon-like stools?

Can hemorrhoids cause flat ribbon-like stools?

No: Hemorrhoids do not change the shape of stool. If this is a constant change, you need a flexible sigmoidoscopy to see if there is a reason for this. ...Read more

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Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Ribbon like: stool which is INTERMITTENT are DUE TO SPASM of the lower bowel (old term ="spastic colon") now this is a part of the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a DIAGNOSIS of EXCLUSION (other GI problems MUST BE RULED OUT) SO STOP worrying about the "big C" and get yourself checked out by your PCP and at your age a COLONOSCOPY ,may be recommended! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Should i go to the hospital? I've been having digestive problems for about a year now (ribbon like stools, occasional blood, excess mucus, going to the bathroom immediately after eating anything) but last night, i had a sudden urge to have a bowl movement

Should i go to the hospital? I've been having digestive problems for about a year now (ribbon like stools, occasional blood, excess mucus, going to the bathroom immediately after eating anything) but last night, i had a sudden urge to have a bowl movement

If : If your stool contains large dark clots of blood, you need to be evaluated by a doctor. If the substance is blood, you may be experiencing a GI bleed. This can be serious. Please be seen at the hospital without delay. ...Read more

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Does abnormal Stool greenish ribbon looking with spots come from ibs and hemroids ? Colon / capsule endo / upper endo negative . Could be Colon outsi

Does abnormal Stool greenish  ribbon looking with spots come from ibs and hemroids ? Colon / capsule endo / upper endo negative . Could be Colon outsi

Greenish bm: In my experience greenish stool is nonspecific and not caused by pathology. Hemorrhoids which bleed cause bright red blood which is usually not mixed in with the feces. Flattish,ribbon like stools may reflect some degree of colon spasm. Your negative studies are reassuring in excluding significant gi pathology. ...Read more

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Stool is not exactly round. Maybe oval or flat-ish. But not ribbon like or anything. Not sure if this is new or if it has always been like this.

Stool is not exactly round. Maybe oval or flat-ish. But not ribbon like or anything. Not sure if this is new or if it has always been like this.

Normal variation: the issues to be concerned about would be black stool, string-like or absolutely flat, discolored stool ( green, yellow). Add fiber, fresh fruit and vegetable with 8-10 glasses of water daily. ...Read more