Change in Stool Consistency

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  • Smaller caliber stool

  • I get fat-like stools

  • Slimy things in my stool

  • Excess fat in stools

  • Narrow (thin) stools

  • Slimy things in my poop

  • Stools look like mud

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Stools should be soft and pass easily. Hard, dry stools might be a sign of constipation.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Hematochezia (rectal bleeding)

  • Recent weight loss

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

Possible causes

  • Crohn's disease

    An inflammatory condition of the gut that damages the gut wall. Symptoms can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anal region. The exact cause is not well known.

  • Ulcerative colitis

    An inflammatory condition of the large intestine that damages the gut wall. The exact cause is not well known.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Is the shape or consistency of your stool abnormal?

  • Do you have greasy and smelly stools?

  • Do you have mucus mixed with your stools?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

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Internal medicine

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