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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?

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