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Why does your feces sometimes come out looking like a thick rope?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Enough fiber,fluids

Colon works to pull water out of stool; what's left depends on fiber content, fluid content.
Hard pellets: inadequate in both; watery: imbalance of fluid/solid due to a bunch of things (secretion, inflammation, inadequate fiber, irritable bowel, infection). Rope-like shape is because the colon is a long cylinder. Liquid stool on right, progressively more formed as it moves through.

In brief: Enough fiber,fluids

Colon works to pull water out of stool; what's left depends on fiber content, fluid content.
Hard pellets: inadequate in both; watery: imbalance of fluid/solid due to a bunch of things (secretion, inflammation, inadequate fiber, irritable bowel, infection). Rope-like shape is because the colon is a long cylinder. Liquid stool on right, progressively more formed as it moves through.
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