Change in Stool Consistency
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Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

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Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • I get a mucus-like stool

  • Smaller caliber stool

  • I get fat-like stools

  • Slimy things in my stool

  • Narrow (thin) stools

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About the symptom

Stools should be soft and pass easily. Hard, dry stools indicates constipation whereas diarrhea is loose, watery stools. The Bristol Stool Chart (https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/poop-chart-bristol-stool-scale) is a visual tool for identifying different stool shapes.

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

  • Ulcerative colitis

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

  • Crohn's disease

    It is an inflammatory condition of the gut. It is part of a group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. It can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus (end of the bowel).The exact cause is not well known.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

    A condition with recurring episodes of abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS is diagnosed when no clear cause can be found despite investigations. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but stress and certain foods are known to cause flare-ups.

  • Constipation
  • Colon cancer
  • Gastritis

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Is your stool shape or consistency abnormal?

  • Are your stools greasy and smelly?

  • Is there mucus in your stools?

  • Are you feeling nauseous or have you been vomiting?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

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References

  • Bristol Stool Chart

    https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/poop-chart-bristol-stool-scale

Reviewed By:

Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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